Don’t Say ‘Grooming’: Disney Staff Busted in Child Sex Trafficking Sting

Just over a week ago, the CEO of Disney publicly opposed Florida’s new “anti-grooming” law, designed to prevent teachers from discussing sexuality and gender identity issues with K-3 students which, according to polls, is heavily supported by well over 60% of Americans.



Yesterday, and unironically, the good Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County held a news conference to discuss the conclusion of a large sting operation (Operation March Sadness) that nabbed 108 arrests, including many employees of Disney. According to WESH in Florida, Disney confirmed at least three of the suspects are employed by the company:


The Polk County sheriff said more than 100 people were arrested in a prostitution, human trafficking and child predator sting.

Polk County detectives, along with a few other agencies, said they identified sex workers who posted advertisements online. They also identified the people searching the web for those sex workers.

Sheriff Grady Judd said the 108 people arrested, include a retired judge from Illinois, a few restaurant managers and several who work at Disney.

One of the suspects is 27-year-old Xavier Jackson from Kissimmee.

Judd said he’s accused of sending sexual pictures to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.


In the arrests were four Disney employees including a lifeguard at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and a 24-year-old Orlando man who works at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in the Magic Kingdom. Another works in Disney’s IT department.  Most of the other arrests were involved with prostitution. 


One Disney representative talked to WESH 2 News and said that “all of them have been placed on unpaid leave.” 


photo by Shannon Dermody


This isn’t the first child sex sting Sheriff Grady Judd has executed that swept up Disney employees. Most recently he arrested several other Disney employees for similar crimes in both 2020 and 2021. Maybe the Magic Kingdom needs to vet their staff a bit better, or perhaps stop appealing to those who want to groom children. When should we expect Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek to publicly denounce this practice as passionately as he did Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act?


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