Former Jacksonville officer among 14 arrested in child sex sting

Published On: May 21 2014 12:37:17 PM EDT
Updated On: May 21 2014 07:37:37 PM EDT

The investigators say all those they arrested thought they were about to meet a child for sex. Instead they met police who took them into custody. The Volusia county sheriff's office calls it "Operation Spring Cleaning." The men they caught came from cities across central and north Florida, including .. 51-year-old Brian Mcree who worked for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for nine years.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

A former Jacksonville police officer and a Disney worker are among 14 arrested in a child sex sting in Volusia County.

Brian Mcree, 51, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police officer who still lives in the city, was arrested in the week-long sting. He is charged with using a computer to solicit, lure or entice a minor; traveling to solicit, lure or entice a minor; unlawful use of two-way communications; and 50 counts of possession of sexual performance by a child.

WATCH: Video shows investigators take down Mcree

Wilder Rislin, 23, is an employee at a Disney hotel, was also arrested, along with Zachary Schroeder, 21, a student at Embry-Riddle.

Volusia County deputies said Mcree (pictured) came armed with a gun to meet a child and brought a bottle of liquor and a computer containing more than 100 images of child porn, opening a file for his next victim.

"There's a man who is supposed to be protecting the community who really is a common criminal," said Sheriff Ben Johnson.

Deputies said the undercover predator sting operation, called Operation Spring Cleaning, targeted adults who sought to meet children.

The charges ranged from use of a computer to seduce a child, traveling to meet a child after use of a computer, the use of a communication device to commit felony and various drug possession charges.

The State Attorney's Office said 85 percent of the men arrested will end up going to prison.

"The first words out of their mouths are, 'I should have known better,'" said investigator Kurt Schoeps. "But they still travel."

Mcree worked for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office from 1990 to 1999. JSO described his retirement as "voluntary separation not involving misconduct."

Mcree also worked for the Nassau County Sheriff's Office from 1984 to 1986, and for the Putnam County Sheriff's Office from 1986 to 1990.

Those arrested were:

  • Steven Citro, 26, South Daytona
  • Zachrey Dawson, 23, Deltona
  • Mahr Mohammedd Ahmed Elbiltagy, 31, Kissimmee
  • Franklin Gaitan, 40, Orlando
  • Brian Gillespy, 27, Daytona Beach
  • Randy King, 24, DeLand
  • Brian Mcree, 51, Jacksonville
  • Charles MetCalf, 29, Palm Coast
  • Mathew Miller, 18, Orlando
  • Jerimiah Potter, 22, Ormond Beach
  • Widler Rislin, 23, Kissimmee
  • Zackary Schroeder, 21, Daytona Beach
  • James Stewart, 20, Ormond Beach 
  • Georgyo Walkine, 22, Orlando

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