Florida teachers arrested after attempting to have sex with children (video)

By: Feng Qian 

(Scroll down for video) School teachers were among dozens of people arrested after police were successful in uncovering an online child sex operation, according to police reports in Florida.

Two teachers and two school employees were among 50 people arrested as part of the online child sex sting in central Florida.

"Operation Cardea" targeted specific individuals, who used the Internet to sexually exploit children, the Sheriff's Office in Seminole County said. The suspects were arrested last week, including four men who were arrested Sunday night.

The list of detainees included two local school teachers and two other employees in local schools.

Jorge Daniel Ferreira, a science teacher at Ocoee Middle School, was among those arrested. Orange County Schools officials said that Ferreira has been with the district since 2002, and passed a Florida Department Law Enforcement background check when he was hired.

Also arrested were David Miller, a translator with Orange County Schools, Duncan St. Gelais, professor at New Smyrna Beach High School in Volusia County, and Anthony Wilks, a cleaner with the Seminole County schools.

Undercover agents posed online as teens or parents and communicated with the suspects. Several suspects sent photos of a sexual nature. Detectives said that the 50 men traveled to a home in Seminole County, thinking that they were going to have sex with teenagers between the ages of 11 and 15.

All suspects are accused of traveling to meet a minor for sex and soliciting a minor for sex. The Sheriff's Office of Seminole County used 200 undercover agents and worked with more than a dozen law enforcement officers, including FBI and FDLE to make the arrests.

"Operation Cardea" was named after a Roman goddess who protected homes.



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