18 Men Arrested In Florida Public Park Gay Sex Sting

17 men were arrested for lewd activity and one man for battery as part of a four day sex sting operation by police in Volusia County parks. The sting operation called “Operation Park Hopper" took place in six county parks. 

The names and pictures of those arrested were also published. Reports quote Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports:

“If you insist in going in our parks and trails and engage in this type of despicable behavior you may find yourself in handcuffs,” Chitwood said Saturday at a news conference. “It’s important that we set the tone that our parks and trails are safe for families.” 

During the sting, undercover deputies sat on park benches and waited for the men to approach. According to the police reports, the men often steered the conversation to sex, began to rub the undercover deputies or expose their genitalia to them, and, in some cases, masturbate. 

All the men were arrested and charged with indecent exposure in public and committing lewd acts, according to arrest records. Two men were also charged with battery, and one man was charged with battery only. 

The men arrested ranged in age from 28 to 78, though the majority were middle-aged or older, Chitwood said. 

Video of one man's arrest was also released.

What's your take on this kind of sting operation? It specifically targets gay men and the rhetoric surrounded it is controversial at best and homophobic at worst.

Chitwood said that the men were not using any code words or signals to indicate to each other, and that most of the men were ”openly exposing themselves and pleasuring themselves” in broad daylight or in the early evening hours at the parks. 

“It’s a bunch of dirty men who their thrill is exposing themselves to other men,” he said. 

Thoughts??

 

(H/T: Towleroad)

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Sheriff Chitwood clearly is hiding something if this is such an issue, no one would do activity in the presence of children or families.  The deputies solicited men they saw alone in the parks by groping themselves and gesturing for oral sex.  Now that's unacceptable.  

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Florida is known for guys being on the DL enough said.

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Yes it's hot and exciting..men on men, women on women,  men on women... but it is not the decent and moral thing to do... the one thing that separates animals from humans is decency and common sense. If people's behavior is not corrected and punished by the law, we all will be having sex in the middle of the street. Like any other animal in your backyard. Use your apartment, a sex party, a sex shop with sex booths, a hotel. Cruising in parks and public bathrooms is out of style. With the technology that we have in our hands you should be able to get laid at any time. Whatever age you are ...get with the program...sex in public areas is not cool

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I agree with those who think sex in a public park is wrong, but have you ever noticed it is only gay men who seem to get arrested for this? I've seen straight couples sneak behind the bushes and I'm sure they are not digging for earthworms for a fishing trip. Never hear of them being arrested or sting operations to round them up, unless it involves prostitution.

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I agree with Ed. if straight couples are caught fooling around they are told

to "move along", with a chuckle. But gay men are arrested and humiliated for their "disgusting" behavior. There is clearly a prejudice at work here. Sex outside is fun.

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I couldn't do it in a park. Im all open minded when people want to do it that way, but I get offended that that is what str8t people all think we all get sex that way.when I watch TV, that's the way TV depicts gay people. I don't do parks or gay bars, but I still get sex from str8t folks who know I am openly gay. They all want to experience gay sex. Then. They wanna suck ur dick just to see what it is all about. Every time I have sex with a str8t guy, he always wants to play with my dick or suck me off.

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They should be arrested. They make the rest of us look bad by acting like sexual predators. It's inappropriate behavior that we are excusing because they are gay. 

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i havnt done the cruising thing in years but i remember i use to like it alot (with a hot guy of course).....though i work at home depot and i see guys going into the bathroom and can hear them jerking. i think thats creepy to me doing it in a bathroom but thats just me

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Do they arrest straight people having sex in public too?

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Hell, I'm gay and don't want these guys in my parks! That's disgusting...

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you have no say in what other people like to do in public spaces. think about it, does it really make a difference for you between people fucking at home and people fucking elsewhere? i think the only valid answer i would accept from you now is, that you won't get to accidentally see them doing it when they are having sex at home. but then again, it's just sex babe, we are all doing it!
i mean, if i would see two guys having sex in the bushes, i'd be like 'ah, good for them!', move on and mind my on business. if it's really that much of a deal for you, i think you have issues. which are not going to be resolved by banning sex in public parks.

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you have no say in what other people like to do in public spaces. think about it, does it really make a difference for you between people fucking at home and people fucking elsewhere? i think the only valid answer i would accept from you now is, that you won't get to accidentally see them doing it when they are having sex at home. but then again, it's just sex babe, we are all doing it!
i mean, if i would see two guys having sex in the bushes, i'd be like 'ah, good for them!', move on and mind my on business. if it's really that much of a deal for you, i think you have issues. which are not going to be resolved by banning sex in public parks.

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They're dumb enough to have sex in public, they get what they deserve.  This has NOTHING to do with being gay.  If a straight couple was having sex in the same place, they should be arrested, too.

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I agree... but "SHOULD" is the key word here.  Are straight couples arrested?

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They deserve to get arrested if they are 78 years old and still cruising parks. Who on earth still cruises parks? Dumb asses, that's who.

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u are a piece of shit and a homophobe and should be fired 

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Are you addressing the police or the reporter who wrote this piece? 

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