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Disney bus driver among 12 arrested in undercover child predator investigation

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Disney bus driver among 12 arrested in undercover child predator investigation

A Walt Disney World bus driver who sent photos of his ‘genitalia’ to a minor was one of 12 people arrested in an undercover child predator sting operation conducted by Florida law enforcement officials, earlier this month.

Thirty-year-old Zachary Hudson was in his Disney bus uniform when Orange County deputies arrested him at Disney’s Magic Kingdom on June 6. 

An undercover agent, who posed as a 15-year-old girl, caught Hudson in the heinous act. 

Hudson reportedly sent racy sexually explicit messages to the teen and photos of his genitalia while on his work shift at Disney on June 4th and June 5th, officials said. 

When the undercover agent asked Hudson if being 15 years old was an issue for him, Hudson, who thought he was speaking to the teen, replied ‘as long as my being older doesn’t bother you,’ and reportedly told her ‘age is just a number,’ authorities said. 

Hudson was charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and one count of transmitting material harmful to a minor, officials said.

His arrest was part of a two-week undercover investigation called, ‘Operation Child Protector II.’  

During a Friday news conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd spoke of the sickening details and said, in part: ‘what would an operation be either a pornography investigation or a predator operation, or a human trafficking operation without a Disney employee.’ 

‘We always have a Disney employee. Sometimes more.’

While holding up Hudson’s mugshot that shows him in a Disney uniform, the sheriff said: ‘This is Zachary. Zachary Hudson. That is right, he is a bus driver for Disney. He sent nude and lude pictures of himself he thought was to a 15-year-old girl.’ 

 ‘He [Hudson] said to her [the teen] while grooming her that he would like to wrap his arms around her so he can feel her small and tiny body.’  

Judd said Hudson told the teen to ‘keep it quiet’ and that it needs to be their ‘secret’  

‘I could go to jail, but I would risk it for spending time with you even if it means going to jail for you,’ Hudson said, as per the sheriff. 

Hudson, who later confessed to his predatory behavior and admitted to sending racy photos during his work shift at Disney was taken into custody in Orlando earlier this month.

The sheriff added:  ‘So if your bus was running late at Disney he was busy taking pictures of himself and talking trash to what he thought was a little girl.’

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the arrests of 12 sexual predators were made in Central Florida, Alabama and Michigan and referred to the pedophiles as ‘evil people.’ 

 ‘Your children could have been the victims but they weren’t because we stood in the gap between good and evil,’ Judd said.   

‘They were grooming and doing some real nasty things online,’ he said in part. 

‘We say that we will chase those child predators to the ends of the earth that want to harm our children. We’ve done that,’ Judd said referring to a sexual predator they caught who was arrested in Australia and brought back to Florida for trial.   

The suspects range in age between 20 and 67,  and are facing a total of 49 felony charges. 

During the Friday presser, the sheriff called the sexual predators ‘not traditional criminals.’

‘Nine of the 12 of these folks don’t have a criminal history. Did you hear what I said? Nine of the 12 don’t have a criminal history, but what they are doing these evil people are lurking online and grooming children online to engage them in sexual conduct.’

He explained that many sent ‘raucous communication, inappropriate pictures, nude pictures, action photos of sexual conduct to what they thought was 13, 14, and 15-year-old little girls and boys.’    

Hudson is currently being held in the Orange County jail.

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