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Haines City High School teacher facing 50 counts of possession of child pornography.

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Winter Haven, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 16 people are facing charges following an undercover child sex sting.

Dubbed "Operation Cyber Child III," the sheriff's office focused on adults traveling to meet minors to engage in sexual activity and for people in possession of child pornography.

In total, deputies say three people were arrested for possession of child pornography, and 13 arrested after they traveled to have sex with who they believed were underage girls and boys.

"Some have not gotten the message," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a press release. "We are going to continue to conduct these investigations to protect our children from sexual predators and from those who trade and download child pornography."

The three individuals charged with possession of child pornography include a 17-year-old juvenile, and a Polk County teacher.

Deputies say the teacher, 28-year-old Matthew Tillesen, was in possession of 50 images of child porn on his computer, with the youngest victim being about two years of age. Tillesen is a geometry teacher at Haines City High School. He previously taught at Westwood Middle School, and before that worked as a substitute teacher in Pinellas County. Tillesen faces 50 counts of possession of child pornography.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 16 people are facing charges following an undercover child sex sting, including a high school teacher. WTSP

In following our 10 News Crime Guidelines, we will not identify the juvenile suspect.

Polk County Schools released the following statement on Tillesen's arrest:

"Matthew Scott Tillesen, a math teacher at Haines City High School with an annual salary of $38,949, was hired on Aug. 18, 2010.
He is under a teaching contract and is not working this summer.
After reviewing information from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Superintendent of Schools Kathryn M. LeRoy determined that there was "just cause" to terminate Tillesen's employment.
The superintendent will make this recommendation at the July 29 meeting of the Polk County School Board.
The Polk County School District is cooperating fully with law enforcement in this investigation."

The third suspect facing child porn charges is 34-year-old John King of Lakeland, who is facing 22 counts of possession of child pornography. Investigators say King has a long criminal history, with 19 previous charges.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 16 people are facing charges following an undercover child sex sting, including a high school teacher.

In the second phase of the operation, where 13 people were arrested for traveling to have sex with a minor, the sheriff's office posted fake ads or profiles on various websites and online applications.

Detectives say the suspects solicited for sex acts, sent pornographic pictures and images of themselves, and asked for nude photos of the children to be sent to them. The men allegedly traveled to the undercover location to follow through with the promises made online to engage in sexual activity with the children.

Here's a list of the other 13 suspects arrested in the sting:

  1. Awais Iftikhar

Age: 25
Address: Orlando, FL
Occupation: Walgreens – Store Clerk
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet After Use Computer to Lure Child; Lewd Lascivious Conduct by Person Over 18 YOA

On 6/22/2014 at approximately 2024 hours, Iftikhar arrived at a predetermined location and was placed under arrest. After his arrival, the suspect and his vehicle were searched, during which condoms were located in his pocket and vehicle. Iftikhar admitted to detectives that he contacted a female, who multiple times identified herself as a 14 year old, on a social networking site. The suspect admitted to having the conversations with the female (undercover), but stated he only brought the condoms to show her what she was asking him to do, and never had any intentions of having sexual intercourse with her.

  1. Anthony Keo

Age: 18
Address: Garland, TX
Occupation: Student
Charges: Transmit Material Harmful to Minor; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet After Sue Computer to Lure Child; Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by Person Over 18 YOA

Keo contacted an undercover detective depicting herself as a 13-year-old girl on a social networking site. Keo engaged the undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl in an online conversation that included: if she had ever had sex; asked her to send a naked photo; asked her if she had seen a penis before, asked her if she wanted to perform oral sex on him (Keo); and a number of other graphic sexual conversations. Keo sent a picture of his penis to the undercover detective. Keo responded to the undercover location and was arrested. Keo admitted to detectives that he came to the undercover location to meet a girl whom he believed was 13 years old and to have sex with the girl. He admitted to sending a picture of his penis.

  1. Jose Luis Torres

Age: 39
Address: Davenport, FL
Occupation: Unemployed
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet after Use Computer to Lure Child; Lewd Lascivious Conduct by Person Over 18 YOA
Crim. History: Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance (New York)

Torres made contact with an undercover detective on a social networking site. The detective told Torres that she was 14-years-old girl. Torres engaged in sexual oriented online conversation with the detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. Torres traveled to an undercover location and was arrested. Torres had a condom in his left sock. Torres admitted to deputies that he had the sexually oriented conversations with a girl and that she said she was 14. Torres told detectives he did not believe her (that she was 14).

  1. Kevin Sisco

Age: 23
Address: Winter Park, FL
Occupation: Student – Full Sail
Charges: Misrepresent Age – Use Computer to Solicit/Lure Child; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet After Sue Computer to Lure Child; Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by Person Over 18 YOA; Transmit Material Harmful to Minor

Sisco engaged in an online conversation with and undercover detective who he believed was a 13-year-old girl. Sisco engaged in sexually oriented conversations with the undercover via a social networking site, text messaging, and via voice communication on the telephone. Sisco sent a picture of his penis. Sisco traveled to an undercover location in Polk County and was arrested. Sisco told deputies that he believed he was communicating with a 13 year old girl, and his intention was to travel and meet with the 13 year old girl for the purpose of having protected sex. Sisco admitted to sending a picture of his penis to the undercover detective. Sisco stated he knew his actions were wrong and unlawful.

  1. Jonathan Cruz

Age: 18
Address: Winter Haven, FL
Occupation: Racetrac Store Clerk
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet After Sue Computer to Lure Child; Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by Person Over 18 YOA

Cruz engaged in conversation with an undercover detective who told Cruz via online communication that he was a 13-year-old boy. The conversation also occurred on the Kik application. Cruz engaged in sexually oriented conversation (engaging in oral sex with who he thought was a 13 year old boy) with the detective. He traveled to the undercover location and was arrested. He told deputies he traveled to the undercover location to receive oral sex from who he thought was a 13 year old boy.

  1. Matthew "Cody" Myers

Age: 23
Address: Davenport, FL
Occupation: Universal Studios
Charges: Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet After Use Computer to Lure Child; Lewd Lascivious Conduct by Person Over 18 YOA; Unlawful Use of 2-Way Communication Device

Myers engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who identified herself as a 14-year-old girl. Myers initiated a sexual conversation with who he thought was a 14 year old girl to include sexual intercourse. Myers traveled to an undercover location in Polk County and was arrested. He admitted to detectives that he solicited the conversation about sex and came to the residence with the mindset to have unprotected sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl. Myers told deputies that prior to working in food service at Universal Studios, he was employed by Disney in food service. He said he has also been employed by Sea World in the past.

  1. Michael Tyler Shaw

Age: 21
Address: Celebration, FL
Occupation: College Student
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Solicit Parent/Guardian Cons.; Travel to Meet After Use Computer to Lure Child; Travel to Meet After Use Computer Solicit Guardian; Lewd Battery

Shaw engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who portrayed himself as the father of a 12 year old girl who was willing to provide his daughter for sex to those who would pay "ro$e$," meaning money. Shaw discussed prices with the undercover detective and settled on $50 if he could make out with the 12 year old girl, get her naked, perform oral sex on her, and receive oral sex from her. Shaw traveled to the undercover location and was arrested. The suspect admitted to detectives that he responded to a Craigslist ad and agreed to pay money to engage in sexual conduct with a child he believed to be 12 years old. He told detectives he knew his conduct was wrong. He also admitted that he has searched for "child pornography" online, but he did not find any.

  1. Luis Enrique Alvarez

Age: 33
Address: Lakeland, FL
Occupation: Unemployed
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet after Use Computer to Lure Child; Exhibition Offense; Transmit Material Harmful to Minor; Driving on Expired Driver's License
Crim. History: Drive with Expired DL; DUI

Alvarez engaged in an online conversation via a social networking site with an undercover detective who portrayed herself as a 14-year-old girl. The conversation moved to texting via cellphone. Alvarez initiated numerous sexually oriented conversations with a person who he believed was 14 years old. Alvarez traveled to the undercover location and was arrested. Alvarez admitted to detectives that he sent sexually explicit text messages to a girl he believed was "14 or 15." He also admitted that he offered the "girl" to pay her $50 to have sex with her. He told detectives he knew his actions were wrong.

  1. Zachary Spencer

Age: 26
Address: Clermont, FL
Occupation: Disney Magic Kingdom (Ticket Supervisor)
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet after Use Computer to Lure Child; Exhibition Offense; Transmit Materials Harmful to Minor

Spencer initiated contact with an undercover detective via a social networking site. The undercover detective told Spencer he was a 13 year old boy. Spencer initiate sexually explicit messages to a person he thought was a 13 year old boy, including mutual oral sex and soliciting the boy to "sit on my face." The suspect traveled to the undercover location and was arrested. He admitted to detectives that he believed he was conversing with a 13 year old boy and admitted that he made several statements to the boy requesting to perform (or have performed) multiple sexual acts when they met.

  1. Allen Treaster

Age: 40
Address: Kissimmee, FL
Occupation: Disney's Animal Kingdom – concierge
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet after Use Computer to Lure Child; Lewd Lascivious Conduct by Person over 18 YOA; Transmit Materials Harmful to Minor

Treaster engaged in sexually oriented online conversations with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy. Conversations were conducted via a social networking site and on AOL, phone calls, and text messages. Treaster traveled to the undercover location and was arrested. He admitted to deputies that he traveled to meet a 14-year-old boy to see where things would lead to and was hoping for sex. He admitted to chatting about performing oral sex on the "boy." Treaster said that it has always been a fantasy of his to have sex with a 14 year old boy. He also told deputies that this was not the first time he traveled to have sex with an underage boy. He told deputies he drove to the Thomasville, Georgia area twice to meet a 15 year old boy. He told detectives he had oral and anal sex with the boy at a motel. These encounters are under investigation.

  1. Jacob Bickel

Age: 20
Address: Naples, FL
Occupation: Student at USF
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet after Use Computer to Lure Child; Lewd Lascivious Conduct by Person over 18 YOA; Transmit Materials Harmful to Minor

As a result of an online conversation with an undercover detective, Bickel was provided with contact information of a "gay 13-year-old boy." Bickel described sexual activity he would like to engage in with the 13 year old boy including oral and anal sex. Bickel traveled to the undercover location and was arrested. He brought with him two condoms and personal lubricant in his front pockets. Bickel told admitted to detectives that he arrived at the location to meet a 13-year-old boy. He told detectives he just came to talk.

  1. Stephen Carlson

Age: 23
Address: Palm Harbor, FL
Occupation: Lee Roy Selmon's
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Destroy / Tamper with Evidence; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet after Use Computer to Lure Child; Lewd Lascivious Conduct by Person over 18 YOA; Transmit Materials Harmful to Minor

Carlson met an undercover detective on a social networking site who represented herself as a 13-year-old girl. Carlson engaged in online conversation with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl on a social networking site and on text messaging. He made a number of sexually suggestive communications including: "What is your bra size, do you ever touch yourself, what if I had said I wanted to have sex with you, I was trying to picture you naked, wish I could've gotten a picture of that." Carlson was observed walking in the area of the undercover location. When a detective attempted to make a citizen contact, Carlson immediately threw his cell phone into a field, put his hands in the air then laid down on the ground while saying "I'm so sorry" and "You got me."

  1. Timothy Lucas

Age: 20
Address: Davenport, FL
Occupation: Unemployed
Charges: Use 2-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony; Use Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Lure Child; Travel to Meet after Use Computer to Lure Child; Lewd Lascivious Conduct by Person over 18 YOA; Transmit Materials Harmful to Minor; Possess Promote Present Depicting Child Sex

Lucas contacted an undercover detective who identified herself as a 13 year-old girl. Online conversations took place on a social networking site, texting, and voice communication via cell phone. Lucas engaged in sexually oriented conversations with who he thought was a 13 year old girl. Lucas sent a picture of an erect penis to the undercover detective who he thought was a 13-year-old girl. Lucas traveled to the undercover location and was arrested. Lucas admitted to detectives that he believed the girl he had online sexual conversations with was 13-years-old. He admitted that he sent a picture of his erect penis to the "girl" he thought was 13. He told detectives that he felt "terrible" about talking sex with her. Lucas stated that he is currently unemployed due to being fired by Walt Disney World approximately 2 weeks prior for missing work for medical reasons. During a forensic preview of Lucas' cell phone, an image of child pornography was located. During a follow up interview with Lucas, he admitted to viewing and trading child pornography on his cell phone and laptop computer. An investigation related to Lucas' possession of child pornography is continuing.

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