JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A sting where undercover officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and other neighboring agencies posed online as 13- to 15-year-olds has resulted in the arrests of 22 men, police announced Wednesday.
Many of the men, ages 19 to 49, live in Jacksonville. They were expecting to meet the teenagers for sex, officials said. A few came from as far north as Yulee and as far south as Orlando. When the men arrived, they were arrested on three charges: solicitation of a child via computer to engage in sexual conduct, traveling to meet after using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Among those arrested was a certified public accountant, a security guard, two employees of car dealerships, a realtor, a barber, a brewery worker, a student and at least one who was unemployed.
- Brian Leverett, 46, a private security guard from Jacksonville with two previous arrests in Marion County
- Phillip Polito, 31, of Atlantic Beach
- Jose Juan Rivera, 20, of Jacksonville
- Kasun Kamal Senanayke, 23, of Jacksonville, who works at a car dealership
- Alan Hernandez, 21, of Jacksonville
- Bradley Robert Sanford, 31, of Hawthorne
- Ronald Darryl Wilkerson, 26, of Orlando
- Jacob Rilea Futch, 22, of Jacksonville
- Kirk Bradley Elmore, 45, a CPA from Yulee
- Jeremy Wayne Leggett, 31, of Jacksonville
- Jahi Shamel Leung, 34, of Sanford
- Romel On’Dre Kelly, of Jacksonville
- Samuel Patrick Koran, 25, of Jacksonville, a real estate agent
- Rami Nasser Suleiman, 21, of Jacksonville, a FSCJ student
- Stewart P.J. Persinger, 49, of Jacksonville, has previous arrests for soliciting, aggravated battery and criminal mischief
- Camron Rhey Hollett, 23, of Jacksonville, has previous arrests for burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor
- Zachery Dion Murphy, 28, a previous arrest in Jacksonville Beach; he holds a barber's license in Alabama
- Amos M. Cooper III, 38,
- Timothy Allen Parks
- Lawrence Allen Collins Jr.
- Jose Luis Rivera Acevedo
“It doesn’t matter the profession people are in. It does not take away their perversion, their lustful desires," News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said. "These are people who happen to have jobs of authority, respect, integrity, but they don’t have that within themselves. It doesn’t matter the title of the person or their profession when they are involved with things like this."
The contacts were made between June 19 and June 24 in what JSO called Operation Safe Summer.
Jefferson, who worked as a sex crimes investigator for part of his law enforcement career, says the reason we hear about these online sex solicitation busts only every once in a while is so law enforcement can catch people by surprise.
"They can only catch so many people at one time before word gets out there’s a sting going on. They have to shut this operation down for a little while and then bring it back up," Jefferson said.