8 arrested in vice undercover operation in Polk Co.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Polk County authorities say eight men have been arrested in an undercover vice operation.

A Sheriff's Office report says the investigation took place Friday at the Saddle Creek Park between Lakeland and Winter Haven after receiving complaints of lewd activity taking place there.

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During the operation, male undercover detectives made contact with men in the park. Six men asked the detectives to perform sex acts with them. The report says two other men were arrested for trespassing because they had been arrested before there for lewd acts and were not allowed to be at the park.

Sheriff Grady Judd issued a statement saying "lewd behavior in our public parks or at any other place where people and their families go to relax and enjoy the outdoors" will not be tolerated.

Arrested during this operation were:

Gerald Cox, DOB 11/7/40, of 3824 Palow Road in Lakeland. Cox asked the detective to participate in a sex act with him (Cox). He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act. Cox told detectives he is retired and married.

William John Clark, DOB 10/8/1948, of 682 Tulip Circle East in Auburndale. Clark was arrested for Trespassing. He was previously arrested in 1996 for Battery, and in 2001 for Committing Lewdness and Trespassing. Clark told detectives he is retired and married. 

Robert Parsley, DOB 5/5/1967, of 4402 Burlington Drive in Winter Haven. Parsley was arrested for Trespassing. He was previously arrested in September 2011 in the same park, for Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act. Parsley told detectives he works at Saddle Creek Corporation, and is married.

Russell Colvin, DOB 10/10/1933, of 2180 21st Street NW in Winter Haven. Colvin asked the detective to participate in a sex act with him (Colvin). He was arrested and charged with 2 counts Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act. Colvin told detectives he is retired and married.

Daniel Ortiz, Jr., DOB 6/10/1972, of 131 Cardinal Court in Davenport. Ortiz asked the detective to participate in a sex act with him (Ortiz). He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act. Ortiz told detectives he is a franchise consultant for Denny's restaurants and married.

Larry Oldham, DOB 10/3/1944, of 108 Florida Drive in Auburndale. Oldham asked the detective to participate in a sex act with him (Oldham). He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act, and Possession of a Concealed Firearm. Oldham told detectives he is retired and married, and he had a .38 caliber revolver in his truck.

Donald Eaton, DOB 11/14/1947, of 3923 Hulaco Road, in Morgan County, Alabama. Eaton asked the detective to participate in a sex act with him (Eaton). He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act. Eaton is here visiting from Alabama and staying with relatives. He told detectives he is retired and married.

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