A commentary and resource on Law and Sexuality by Professor Chris Ashford and guests
Queerty reports on the latest set of public sex arrests in the USA. This time, the focus is on Tampa Bay in Florida and included the arrest of a preacher and a retired cop.
Polk’s Sherrif Department also put out a press release last week regarding the arrest of another 8 men in Florida.
On Friday, February 3, 2012, PCSO Vice detectives conducted an undercover operation at the Saddle Creek Park located on Morgan Combee Road between Lakeland and Winter Haven in response to complaints of lewd activity taking place there. During the operation, male undercover detectives made contact with various men in the park, six of whom asked the detectives to perform sex acts with them, and two of whom were trespassing. The two arrested for trespassing had been previously arrested at the park for lewd acts, and as a result were forbidden from being at the park.
Once again, names, dates of birth, and addressed were all published alongside information of how each man was arrested. In most cases it is also indicated that they were married. The accompanying quote from Sheriff Grady Judd in the press release offers some insight into the thinking of law enforcement agents: “Let me be perfectly clear about this – we will not tolerate lewd behavior in our public parks or at any other place where people and their families go to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The fact that two of these men have already been trespassed from this area for the same behavior proves that they will not heed our warnings, and that they belong behind bars.”