More than 100 people, including the Orlando leader of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, were arrested in a two-county sex-sting operation, many of whom for allegedly trying to have sex with children.
Many of those arrested had jobs working with children, including theme-park workers at Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, and a former Walt Disney World cast member who left the job before his arrest. SeaWorld said the men charged were no longer employed at the theme park.
“These are very dangerous people and they are after our children,” said Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. During the first week of the sting, investigators say, 22 people traveled to Clermont, Florida, thinking they were going to have sex with a child between ages 10 and 14. Seventy-nine others were arrested on charges connected to prostitution.
Ahmad Saleem, a Muslim youth coordinator, was also one of the men arrested. Investigators said the men all went to a home in Clermont with the hopes of having sex with a child. The car Saleem traveled in had a license plate that said, “Invest in children,” according to investigators. Saleem is also founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization “empowering Muslim youth globally” and also served as the Orlando coordinator for CAIR.
“He’s well known as a community outreach leader interacting with teens in and around the Orlando area,” said Judd.