Kissimmee man, 75, arrested for soliciting lewd act at park


A 75-year-old Kissimmee man was arrested at a park in Polk County on Tuesday, after he was accused of soliciting a lewd act.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives conducted an operation at Saddle Creek Park and Gator Creek Reserve Park in Lakeland in response to complaints of lewd activity in public.

They arrested 75-year-old Gregory Merrill, of Kissimmee, after he solicited an


undercover detective to perform a sex act, according to a Polk Sheriff’s Office press release. He told detectives he went to Saddle Creek Park to meet a stranger for sex.

He was charged with two counts of soliciting another for a lewd act. He was also issued a trespass from all county parks. Merrill was booked into the Polk County Jail on $1,000 bond.

We will continue to conduct operations such as this one to get the message across to everyone that we will not tolerate this type of criminal activity at our parks,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.