LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —
An Orange County teacher is among 14 people arrested during an undercover child sex sting in Lake County, authorities said.
The 14 men were arrested in operation Treasure Florida’s Kids II, an undercover investigation in which detectives posed online as 13, 14, or 15-year-old children.
All but one of the men arrested traveled to the Golden Triangle area with the intent to have sex with whom they thought to be the child, deputies said. They were all taken into custody without incident upon their arrival, deputies said.
One man was arrested at his home after soliciting a detective, investigators said.
Jason Sellards, who is a language arts teacher at Wolf Lake Middle School in Apopka, is among the 14 arrested.
Sellards has worked for the Orange County School District since 2011.
Look at these perverts.
Investigators said some suspects brought condoms and alcoholic beverages with them. They said three vehicles were seized in the operation.
“Even in the chats, they emphasize over and over again, ‘You do realize I’m only 14 years old?'” Lake County Sgt. Fred Jones said. “But unfortunately, these are individuals who are determined to travel to meet them.”
Matthew Kinney, who works at Universal Studios as a cook, was also arrested.
“Anytime you have an individual who workers where they have the ability, if nothing else, to be around kids, it’s even scarier,” Jones said.
Eyewitness News asked if the undercover busts work since they keep doing them and making arrests.
Investigators said they believe they do work and once the cases are in the courtroom, it’s pretty much a slam dunk for prosecutors.
“Sex sting operations like this have a high success rate and prosecution. They usually result in a plea, hardly ever a trial,” said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer.
“The more we get these people off the streets, there are less out there. I think we are making an impact,” Jones said.
Jason Sellards, 48, used to work for the Orange County School District. A spokesperson for the district said he taught English language arts last year at Wolf Lake Middle School, but he was not scheduled to return this year.
“It’s sad because these are the people (to whom) we entrust our kids,” Jones said.
Eyewitness News has requested Sellards’ personnel records and we are waiting to hear back about his Current status with the district.
I think his current status will be, DNR. DO NOT RETURN. LOL
I don’t understand how you’re so horny that you miss the red flag. “You DO realize I’m only 15 right?” Lol who continues to chat and arrange a date after hearing that question? That’s a dead giveaway.
He’s on rate my teacher and he got a score of 5. But just because a person makes you laugh and seems cool doesn’t mean they aren’t living a different lifestyle outside of school. Many people decide to be teachers just to have access to kids.