Disney World Project Manager, Legoland Worker Among Men Arrested In Florida Child Porn Sting

Another arrested suspect, a retired schoolteacher, has a habit of going to Disney World alone.

Employees of Disney World and Legoland are among eleven Florida men arrested during a child porn sting dubbed "Guardians of Innocence II," conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office computer crime unit.

The Florida sheriff’s office announced the arrests, which were made throughout the month of May, on Tuesday. The men have been charged with crimes ranging from possession to promotion to distribution of child pornography, according to police.

Police filed a whopping 660 felony charges against the suspects in total and they say more charges are pending. One of the men arrested, Roger Catey, 53, works as a project manager in the costumes department at Walt Disney World. After executing a search warrant at Catey’s Davenport home, police allegedly found images of child pornography on his computer, according to a sheriff's office press release. The victims were as young as three. He’s been charged with 24 counts of child pornography and two counts of promotion of sexual performance by a child.

 

 

Another one of the men arrested, Donald Marich, 69, is a retired school teacher who often goes to Disney World by himself, according to police. He’s an annual pass holder for the theme park. Detectives said they found computer files depicting child pornography at his home in Lake Alfred. He’s been charged with 16 counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of promotion of child pornography.

Rickie Vargas-Garcia, 30, of Davenport, was working as a Lego builder for Legoland at the time of his arrest. Police said they found child pornography at his home involving victims as young as 3. Cops also said they found photos of girls as young as 11, which Vargas-Garcia allegedly told police he received after posing as an 18-year-old online and talking to girls. He has been charged with ten counts possession of child pornography.

"As you know, this is just the beginning — once we serve search warrants and seize the devices that these suspects are using to download and distribute pornography, we will do a complete forensic analysis, and in all likelihood we will be adding on more charges related to the felony possession and distribution of images and videos of children being sexually battered,” Grady Judd, Sheriff for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in his press release.

[Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office]

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