They called it ‘Operation Amalgamate’

Dozens of suspected sexual predators are off the streets following a sweeping FDLE investigation that spanned six months and included 700 law enforcement officers.

They called it ‘Operation Amalgamate’.

In all, there were 48 arrests in 17 Florida counties for alleged internet sex crimes against minors.

The disturbing charges involved child pornography, graphic chat with minors online, by phone, and in more than one case an attempt to meet-up with a child for sex.

Sheriff J.J. Dawsy from Citrus County called the predators in the state “the 800 pound gorilla that’s coming after your little girls and little boys. And they want them”.

“They want to have sex with them. And they want to violate them,” he warned.

Officials say the arrests demonstrate the effectiveness of a decision last July to merge forces from the Florida attorney general’s office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the battle against child sex predators.

“Sadly our children are exposed to this in our society today,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “And parents, if you are listening to this, monitor what your children are doing on the internet.”

Among those arrested were a TSA agent from Orlando, a church treasurer from Escambia county, and a teacher’s aide who worked with special needs kids in Volusia County named Cristy Brandstedter.

Brandstedter, 62, now living in Pasco County, is charged with 10 counts of child pornography.

He declined to comment when we visited him at his home, but neighbors in Brandstedter’s exclusive Land O Lakes subdivision said they were keenly aware of his arrest.

“Oh yeah, I think it went through the neighborhood quickly,” said Angie Feltner, a grandmother of four kids living nearby.

Feltner says the children have been warned.

“They were just told that they need to stay away. That there’s a man that is just – looking out for little children.”

Officials say it’s still too early to compare arrest stats, but they insist the agency merger has been effective.

They vow their crackdown on internet crimes against children does not end here, and issued a stern warning.

“The Florida Law Enforcement Association is coming to a community near you,” said Sheriff Dawsy, “and we’re coming after you. So beware.”

Parents who want to sign up for automatic alerts when a registered sex offended moves into the neighborhood can do so by clicking here.

Below is the full list of those arrested and the charges they face, provided by the FDLE.

– Barnes, Christopher M., 08-31-87, Tampa, Florida –Hillsborough

Two counts computer pornography & one count attempted sexual battery

Belledent, Karl Edwin, 03-26-96, N. Miami – Miami Dade

One count computer pornography, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of sexual performance by a child & one count of extortion

Billings, Michael D., 06-11-69, Leesburg, Florida — Volusia

Two counts computer pornography & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

– Blyth, Dennis Richard, 11-25-47, Daytona Beach, Florida — Volusia

Two counts computer pornography & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

Brandstedter, Cristy, 01-23-49, Land O Lakes Florida — Pasco

10 counts of child pornography

Briggs, James Michael, 11-28-61, Ft. Myers, Florida — Hardee

Two counts computer pornography & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

– Brown, Gene Hamilton, 02-01-61, Cantonment, Florida — Escambia

Three counts of child pornography

– Brown, Kris Karl, 04-29-75 – (No residence address) –Broward

20 counts of child pornography & one count of computer pornography

Brown, Michael Robert, 08-04-80, Dade City, Florida — Volusia

Two counts computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device, one count of cannabis under 20 grams & one count of possession of drug paraphernalia

Bueno, Alvin Grullon, 11-14-81, North Lauderdale, Florida –Broward

25 counts of child pornography

Calloway, Dustin S., 04-15-86 (no arrest affidavit) (No residence address) — Leon

– Carver, Ricky Lamar, 02-26-71, Jacksonville, Florida — Leon

Five counts of computer pornography

–  Chu, Anthony, 06-15-87, Orlando, Florida — Orange

10 counts of child pornography

– Coons, Zachary, 06-07-93 (No residence address) — Leon

Two counts of computer pornography

Deloge, Steven Robert, 05-22-74, Jacksonville, Florida –Duval

One count of computer pornography

Echevarria, Nelson, 04, 09,80, (No residence address) — Broward

One count of cannabis under 20 grams, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia & one count of possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon

El-Refai, Sherif, 10-19-87, Tampa, Florida –Hillsborough

Two counts of computer pornography & one count of attempt lewd and lascivious assault

Figueroa, Carlos Alberto, 02-26-85, Miami -Miami Dade

Three counts/violations of The Florida Sexual Predator Act

Fluery, Douglas, 08-03-53, Sunrise, Florida — Broward

Two counts of computer pornography, one count of attempt lewd and lascivious assault & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

Fochs, Donald William Jr., 06-23-73, New Port Richey, Florida — Pasco

One count of solicitation of a minor for sex acts

Gutierrez, Omar, 06-02-83, (No residence address) — Orange

Two counts of computer pornography

Hudnall, Richard, 11-30-56, Jacksonville, Florida –Leon

Two counts of computer pornography

Ingersoll, Michael, 05-16-84, Arvada, Colorado –Volusia

Two counts computer pornography & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

Jarrell, Jason, 05-01-80, Tallahassee, Florida — Leon

Two counts of computer pornography

Kalinowski, Edward L., 06-27-52, Daytona Beach, Florida — Volusia

Two counts computer pornography & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

Kessler, Phillip Michael, 01-10-76 (no arrest affidavit) –Bay

Lentovich, Eric Joseph, 08-27-75, Ft. Myers, Florida –Hardee

Two counts computer pornography & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

– Leon, Hector Ramon, 12-26-65, Greenacre, Florida – Palm Beach

10 counts of child pornography

Martinet, Christian, 04-10-87, Pembroke Pines, Florida — Broward

30 counts of child pornography

Martinez, Jorge M. Jr., 09-26-89, West Park, Florida — Broward

One count of child pornography & one count of computer pornography

Masters, Rickey O., 07-17-46, Hollywood, Florida –Broward

10 counts of child pornography

Milboer, Scott Andrew, 01-113-78, Naples, Florida — Collier

Two counts of computer pornography, one count of attempt lewd and lascivious assault & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

Mizner, Stephen, 03-14-70, Sarasota, Florida

Two counts computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device & one count attempted sexual battery

Moss, Mario Dwayne, 12-08-84, Lake City, Florida — Columbia

10 counts of child pornography

Orr, Curtis, 04-09-70, (No residence address) — Broward

24 counts of child pornography

Peixoto De Almeida, Marcus F., 11-03-73, Hallandale Beach, Florida –Broward

20 counts of child pornography

Perez, Jorge Arturo, 04-14-83, Boca Raton, Florida -Palm Beach

Possession of child pornography

Rains, Paul David, 05-08-49, Orlando, Florida — Orange

10 counts of child pornography

Rees, James F., 10-28-60, Deltona Florida — Volusia

Two counts computer pornography & one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device

Sauleda, Donovan A., 05-13-86 (no arrest affidavit) — Wakulla

Shelley, Dean A.  12-15-59, Palm Harbor, Florida — Hillsborough

Two counts of computer pornography & one count of Attempt Capital Sexual Battery

Stowell, Kevin A., 10-26-58, Port Richey Florida — Pasco

10 counts child pornography

Torres, Michael, 12-11-76, Oakland Park, Florida — Broward

30 counts of child pornography

Vela, Francisco Javier, 07-10-77, Greenacre, Florida -Palm Beach

One count of child pornography

Walker Rober Lee Jr., 10-09-77, Orlando, Florida — Orange

10 counts of child pornography

White, Harvey, 03-13-53 (No residence address) — Broward

10 counts child pornography

– White, Leon, 07-12-52, Davenport, Florida — Osceola

10 Counts of child pornography

Source: 10 News

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