Golfer, beekeeper among 40 arrested in child predator sex sting

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A golfer and a retired beekeeper are among the 40 people arrested in an undercover child sex sting in Osceola County.

Investigators say the men traveled to an undercover house to have sex with a child.

Officers went online and posed as either juveniles or the parents or guardians of juveniles in chat rooms.

Those arrested include Stephen Wesley Thomas, a pro golfer on the senior PGA tour.

According to detectives, Thomas answered an online ad for "two for one girls on vacation."

Investigators say the men ranged in age from 18 to 70 years old and also included a Gainesville swim coach. He was recently relieved of his duties at the Gator Swim Club for Children.

Detectives say a retired beekeeper, who has been married for 50 years, traveled from Georgia.

At least four came from the Tampa Bay area, including Christopher Batman of Wesley Chapel, Marvin Bell of Valrico, Sergio Cardenas of Auburndale, and Roger Mathews of Lakeland.kris

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