12 arrested in Hardee County prostitution/Internet predator sting

1:35 PM, Nov 8, 2011   |    comments
Amber Lynn Mitchell was one of 12 people arrested in an undercover Hardee County sting operation targeting prostitution and Internet predators of children.
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Wauchula, Florida -- Deputies in Hardee County say 12 people have been arrested after a 10-day undercover sting operation involving prostitution and Internet predators of children.

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Sheriff Arnold Lanier says the charges include possession of narcotics, prostitution, obscene communications to a juvenile, and traveling for sexual purposes in order to have sex with a minor.

Arrested are:

  • Abraham Jackson of Tampa; possession of marijuana, destroying evidence
  • Marcie Michelle Anstead of Tampa; soliciting prostitution
  • Amber Lynn Mitchell of Tulsa, OK; soliciting prostitution
  • Ronald E. Ceulemans of Ruskin; soliciting prostitution
  • Eric Joseph Lentovich of Fort Myers; obscene communication with a juvenile and traveling for sexual purposes in order to have sex with a minor
  • Stephen Mizner of Sarasota; soliciting a parent to participate in sexual activity with a minor, traveling to meet a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct with a child, attempted sexual battery and the unlawful use of two-way communications to facilitate a felony offense
  • James Michael Briggs of Fort Myers; obscene communication with a juvenile and traveling for sexual purposes in order to have sex with a minor
  • Alvin Lamar Thompson of Okeechobee; obscene communication with a juvenile and traveling for sexual purposes in order to have sex with a minor
  • Scott Andrew Milboer of Naples; obscene communication with a juvenile and traveling for sexual purposes in order to have sex with a minor, lewd and lascivious battery - sexual act with a person 12-15 years of age, and use of two-way communication device to facilitate a felony
  • Steven Peter Leach of Brandon; obscene communication with a juvenile and traveling for sexual purposes in order to have sex with a minor
  • Juan Carlos Aldana of Tampa; obscene communication with a juvenile and traveling for sexual purposes in order to have sex with a minor, possession of marijuana
  • Terrell Leaf Palmer of Auburndale; obscene communication with a juvenile and traveling for sexual purposes in order to have sex with a minor

Several other Florida police agencies were involved in this operation.  The Sarasota Sheriff's Office said one suspect, Stephen Mizner, was arrested for arranging to have sex with a 10-year-old girl.

When he was arrested, deputies say Mizner had Skittles candy and condoms in his possession.

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