By Brian McBride
Two Kissimmee men, one who was a Walt Disney bus driver, were arrested in an undercover Polk County sting targeting online child predators.
From March 25-31, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives, along with detectives and investigators from other law enforcement agencies, conducted a weeklong undercover joint investigation.
Fifteen men were arrested and an arrest warrant has been issued for another. Two other men were recently arrested, or had charges added, related to child pornography.
They included Kevin Van Orman, 35, and Paulo Rodrigues, 50, both of Kissimmee. Rodrigues is HIV positive according to a Polk Sheriff’s Office report.
“These predators are out there trying to violate our children,” said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. “I am disgusted by their brazenness and callous indifference to the importance of protecting children. I ask parents to please be involved with their children and monitor their online activity.”
On March 25, Van Orman engaged with an undercover Sheriff’s Office detective posing as a 15-year-old girl online. Throughout the conversation, he described himself as “a big teddy bear” and offered to give the girl a massage, to cuddle, and do “whatever else she was comfortable with,” the report stated.
It was clear to Van Orman throughout the conversation that the person with whom he was communicating was a 15-year-old girl, Sheriff’s Office officials said. He also told her that he would perform oral sex on her and “use protection” during intercourse. After traveling to the undercover location, detectives arrested him. He told detectives that he is a bus driver at Walt Disney World and his wife is pregnant. He also has two children, according to the report.
Van Orman was also chatting with another undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old and offered to perform various sexual acts on her the next night. He was also charged for that offense.
Van Orman was charged with use of a computer to solicit a child, traveling to meet a minor and attempted lewd battery.
In August of 2017, Rodrigues engaged with an undercover PCSO detective posing as a 14-year-old boy online.
It was clear to Rodrigues throughout the conversation that the person with whom he was communicating with was a 14-year-old boy, Sheriff’s Office officials said.
The conversations spanned back to August. Rodrigues asked the “boy” if he would be interested in meeting. He told the boy that they could perform oral sex on each other and then have sex. Rodrigues traveled to the undercover location and was arrested. Rodrigues told detectives that he was HIV positive and planned to have sex with the boy without telling him, the report stated.
He was charged with: traveling to meet a minor, attempted lewd battery and uninformed HIV infected.