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'They may be living next to you': Over 1,400 charges filed against 16 child porn suspects in Polk County

While describing the 16 child porn suspects arrested in a recent operation, the Polk County sheriff had a warning for the public, saying those types of suspects can be someone you wouldn't expect.

"People who look at and lust at child pornography are dangerous people and they may be living next to you," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "They may be your wife or husband. I don't know that we grab women up in child porn. Women have better sense than that."

On Tuesday morning, the sheriff's office announced the results of "Operation Guardians of the Innocence V," saying a total of 1,409 felonies were filed again 16 men who were arrested. Sixteen suspects were arrested for allegedly possessing and distributing the illegal imagery included a pharmacist, a registered nurse and two Walt Disney World employees. 

"We saw a lot of children were less than one year old when they were being attacked and sexually battered in video or in photographs," Judd said during a press conference. " I don't think you can grasp how deviant these people are based on looking at their pictures. When I look at them I see dangerous people."

The sheriff highlighted the following suspects -

32-year-old Justin Hazan and 36-year-old Arlandres Sims

Both Hazan and Sims were roommates employed by Disney World. Judd said detectives initially were targeting Sims during the investigation, but discovered Hazan was in possession of child porn.

Apparently, the sheriff said, neither knew the other was looking at child porn.

"They didn't know that," Judd said. "During the investigation our detectives found it kind of humorous. Arlandres actually said, 'You're doing it too?'"

"It really is a small world after all," the sheriff added.

Hazan faces 15 counts of child porn possession, whereas Sims faces 25 charges. According to detectives, Hazan told them he was an operator of Disney's Millennium Falcon ride, and Sims told them he was a food runner at the Animal Kingdom Resort. Both met each other at Broward College.

45-year-old Nabor Molina

Judd said Molina was seeking out child porn pictures of children as young as 18-36 months old. He said the suspect was married with seven children, and has been living in the country illegally for 30 years.

"ICE has a hold on him. ICE is going to have to wait because he's going to prison for a while first for his child porn," the sheriff said. "Then, ICE can deport him."

Molina faces 125 charges.

35-year-old John Aziz

Aziz was a pharmacist contracted to the Heart of Florida Hospital. He faces 72 child porn charges with children as young as 18 months old.

"That's enough to send him to prison for a long time," Judd said. 

During his arrest, detectives discovered he was skimming prescription drugs from his workplace, including Xanax, OxyContin and OxyCodone. In addition to the child porn charges, he faces 17 drug-related charges. 

38-year-old Edgardo Acevedo Cancela

Detectives said Cancela was a registered nurse at Osceola Regional Medical Center, and is married with two children, ages 10 and 13.

"And he's looking at child porn," Judd said. 

The sheriff's office received three tips from the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children about a Facebook user with the name, "Austin Rose," was uploading child porn imagery. Detectives said the user was Cancela, and notified DCF about the children inside the home.

"He's a deviant," Judd said, "and he's dangerous."

Other suspects who were arrested include 59-year-old Herberto Santiago, 27-year-old Joshua Charles Johnson, 61-year-old Stephen Lilly, 28-year-old Julian Strong, 64-year-old Monty Cottengain, 18-year-old Landen Ulrich, 49-year-old Scott Michael Bradley, 27-year-old Gary Bennett II, 29-year-old Evan Sharpe, 27-year-old Jonathon Richards, and 21-year-old Jose Vertoli Llanes.

Judd explained that many of the suspects have little criminal histories, describing them as "ghosts to law enforcement agencies." He criticized the agencies that aren't proactive in tracking down child porn suspects.

"If you're not in your neighborhood, your community, seeking these people out and actively arresting them, what are you thinking?" he asked. "These are the ghosts, the criminals, that are the most dangerous to the most delicate victims we can have."

Judd said no child victims were located, but is asking the public for help in finding them. 

"Most of this porn is made in this country, in this state," he explained, "because everyone's got these phones and they're very good. They take high-resolution, digital photographs and video.

"We promise always to protect our children, to try and find these deviants and lock them up before they get to our children," Judd added. "These children involved didn't choose this, can't choose this. Many of them less than one, certainly up to 10-12 years old. We need to know who these babies are so we can rescue them. If you have any idea, let us know."

You can watch Sheriff Grady Judd's full press conference below:

Information on each suspect can be found below, provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office: 

A search warrant was executed at 2623 McIntosh Drive in Lakeland, where 45-year-old Nabor Molina lives with his wife and children. Detectives received National Center for Missing and Endangered Children (NCMEC) tips that child pornography files were being saved to a Google account at that address. Detectives conducted a traffic stop and placed Molina under arrest, then served the search warrant at his home. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 18-36 months old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. Molina is in the country illegally, and an ICE hold has been placed on him in the jail. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 125 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Nabor Molina (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A search warrant was executed at 2727 Frontage Road #51 in Davenport, where 27-year-old Joshua Charles Johnson lives. Detectives received National Center for Missing and Endangered Children (NCMEC) tips that child pornography files were being saved to Yahoo & Google accounts at that address. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located files depicting child pornography with victims as young as two years old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He was recently released from state prison for robbery. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 200 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Joshua Johnson (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A search warrant was executed at 2420 Sutton Road in Lakeland, where 61-year-old Stephen Lilly lives. Detectives received two NCMEC tips that child pornography files were being save to multiple accounts by a computer user named “Stephen Lilly” at that address. Detectives responded to the home and talked with Lilly, who initially said his internet and accounts had been “hacked,” but later admitted that he has been downloading and viewing child pornography for the past two years. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located files depicting child pornography with victims as young as a year old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. Lilly works as an electric fuel equipment operator at TECO. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 100 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Stephen Lilly

A search warrant was executed at 521 Sunset Lane in Auburndale, where 28-year-old Julian Strong lives with his parents. Detectives determined that a computer at that address participated in downloading and sharing over 1,200 images and videos of child pornography. Detectives responded to the home and talked with Strong, who admitted that he has been downloading and viewing child pornography. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 5 years old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He told detectives he’s unemployed. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 100 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Julian Strong (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A search warrant was executed at 3428 Calabria Avenue in Davenport, where 32-year-old Justin Hazan and 36-year-old Arlandres Sims live together as roommates. Detectives determined that a computer at that address was advertising videos containing child pornography. Detectives responded to the home and talked with both residents. Hazan told detectives he works at Walt Disney World as an operator on the Millennium Falcon ride. He admitted to downloading and possessing child pornography. During an initial preview of his computer equipment, detectives located files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 4-5 years old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 15 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Justin Hazan (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

Sims told detectives that he also works at Walt Disney World as a food runner at the Animal Kingdom Resort. He said he and Hazan met at Broward College in South Florida and recently moved to Davenport together. He admitted to downloading and possessing child pornography. During an initial preview of his computer equipment, detectives located files depicting child pornography. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 25 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Arlandres Sims (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A search warrant was executed at 328 Jyoti Drive in Davenport, where 38-year-old Edgardo Acevedo Cancela lives with wife and children. Detectives received three National Center for Missing and Endangered Children (NCMEC) tips that a Facebook user named “Austin Rose” uploaded images and videos depicting child pornography. Detectives responded to the home and located two children, ages 10 and 13, inside. Their parents – Cancela and his wife – showed up shortly thereafter. Detectives talked with Cancela, who denied downloading and viewing child pornography. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located files depicting child pornography with pre-pubescent aged victims. They seized the equipment for further analysis. Detectives contacted DCF in relation to there being children inside the home. Cancela told detectives he’s a registered nurse at Osceola Regional Medical Center. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 5 counts possession of child pornography – enhanced (F-2) 
-  5 counts promotion of child pornography (F-2) 

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Booking image for Edgardo Acevedo Cancela

A search warrant was executed at 46 River Triangle in Lakeland, where 64-year-old Monty Cottengain lives. Detectives received a NCMEC tip that a computer at that address participated in downloading and sharing images and videos of child pornography. Detectives responded to the home and talked with Cottengain, who initially denied downloading and viewing child pornography, then admitted to trading images via Facebook messenger for the past 2-3 years. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located files depicting child pornography with victims as young as three years old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He told detectives he’s receiving government assistance. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 20 counts possession of child pornography – enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Monty Cottengain (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A search warrant was executed at 1891 Grand Bay Circle in Lakeland, where 18-year-old Landen Ulrich lives with his parents and younger siblings. Detectives received a NCMEC tip that a computer at that address participated in downloading and sharing images and videos of child pornography. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located hundreds of files depicting child pornography with victims as young as six months old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 200 counts possession of child pornography – enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Landen Ulrich

A search warrant was executed at 5012 Hemingway Circle (Southern Dunes) in Haines City, where 35-year-old John Aziz lives. Detectives determined that a computer at that address participated in downloading and sharing images and videos of child pornography. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located over 70 files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 18 months old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He told detectives he is a pharmacist at the Heart of Florida Medical Center. During the search of his residence, detectives found numerous prescription drugs without prescriptions, and he was charged accordingly. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 72 counts possession of child pornography – enhanced (F-2) 
- 13 counts possession of prescription drugs without a prescription (M2) 
- 1 count keeping a residence for drug use (M1) 
- 1 count possession of codeine (F3) 
- 1 count possession of oxycodone (F3) 
- 1 count possession of Alprazolam (F3) 

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Booking image for John Aziz (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A search warrant was executed at 1123 Village Place in Davenport, where 59-year-old Herberto Santiago lives with his wife and adult children. Detectives received three NCMEC tips that a computer at that address participated in downloading and sharing images and videos of child pornography. During an initial preview of the equipment, detectives located hundreds of files depicting child pornography with victims as young as five years old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He told detectives he is unemployed and an Army veteran, and that he receives Social Security benefits. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 15 counts possession of child pornography – enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Herberto Santiago

A search warrant was executed at 1496 Hamlin Street in Winter Haven, where 49-year-old Scott Michael Bradley lives with his wife. Detectives received a NCMEC tip that a computer at that address was downloading child pornography. Detectives responded to the home and talked with Bradley, who admitted to searching for and viewing “questionable” things online. During an initial preview of his computer equipment, detectives located 20 files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 7 years old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He told detectives he and his wife run two businesses out of their home – Wish You Were Here Vacations, LLC, and Affordable Bookkeeping and Income Tax Services. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 20 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Scott Michael Bradley

A search warrant was executed at 3919 Avenue P NW in Winter Haven, where 27-year-old Gary Bennett II lives. Detectives determined that a computer at that address was downloading child pornography. Detectives responded to the home and talked with Bennett, who was adamant that there was no child pornography on his computers. During an initial preview of his computer equipment, detectives located over 100 files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 2-3 years old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 100 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Gary Bennett II (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A search warrant was executed at 906 ½ Vistabula Street, Apt. 2 in Lakeland, where 29-year-old Evan Sharpe lives. Detectives received a NCMEC tip that a computer at that address was downloading child pornography. Detectives responded to the home and talked with Sharpe, who admitting to viewing and downloading child pornography. He additionally admitted to posing as a 13-year-old online to chat with children. During an initial preview of his computer equipment, detectives located over 100 files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 12 months old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 100 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Evan Sharpe (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A search warrant was executed at 1901 Lunn Woods Way in Lakeland, where 27-year-old Jonathon Richards lives with his parents. Detectives received a NCMEC tip that a computer at that address was downloading child pornography. Detectives responded to Richards’ place of employment (Rooms To Go warehouse), and took him into custody. He told detectives he built his own computer and he has seen people talking about child pornography on discussion boards, but said he only looks at adult pornography. During an initial preview of his computer equipment, detectives located over 300 files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 12 months old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 300 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Jonathon Richards

A search warrant was executed at 2912 Dudley Drive in Bartow, where 21-year-old Jose Vertoli Llanes lives with his mother. Detectives received a NCMEC tip that a computer at that address was distributing child pornography via Facebook. Detectives responded to the home and talked with Llanes, who claimed ownership of the Facebook accounts and other social media accounts he uses to communicate and send child pornography. During an initial preview of his computer equipment, detectives located 4 files depicting child pornography with victims as young as 5 years old. They seized the equipment for further analysis. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with: 
- 4 counts possession of child pornography - enhanced (F-2) 

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Booking image for Jose Vertoli Llanes