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Jonathan McGrew and Savannah Lawrence are Disney World employees, who were among 17 arrested in Florida child-sex sting, sheriff says.
Detectives posed as children online, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. The two Walt, Disney World workers, are on unpaid leave, the company said.
He is 34 years old.
Florida Child Sex Sting Operation
As part of “Operation Child Protector,” detectives from multiple agencies posed as 13-year-old and 14-year-old children on social media, dating sites, and mobile apps to ” investigate those who prey upon and travel to meet children for unlawful sexual activity,” The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The operation was announced by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in a news conference Tuesday.
All but one of the suspects traveled to a secret location to meet who they thought was a child for sex. The other suspect was arrested at his home.
Jonathan McGrew Arrested
Officials said that seventeen people, including at least two workers at Walt Disney World, have been charged in a Florida child-sex sting.
“You’ve got to know who your children are talking to, who they’re communicating with,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference detailing the operation, in which detectives posed as children on social media apps and dating sites.
Of the 17 people arrested, one said he was a lifeguard at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge. Two others said they were custodians at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios, the sheriff’s office said.
Walt Disney World Statement
Walt Disney World said the custodians, Jonathan McGrew, 34, and Savannah Lawrence, 29, are on unpaid leave pending the case’s outcome.
The company said the person who said he was a lifeguard at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge does not work for Walt Disney World. It did not provide more details about whether he had ever done so.
McGrew was being held instead of bail Wednesday, according to jail records. Lawrence was released on bond.
A public defender listed as representing the pair did not immediately reply to a request for comment on their behalf Wednesday night.
The two have been dating. According to court documents, Lawrence told officials that McGrew was the initiator and that she only went along and was not told the age until they were in an Uber headed to the location. Texts show her registering shock at being told the purported girl’s age, the documents say.
The sheriff’s office said that those arrested are 26 to 47 years old, and almost all went to locations for what they thought would be encountered with children.