Polk County deputies say five men solicited undercover detectives for lewd acts at Saddle Creek Park

POLK COUNTY, Fla - Polk County deputies say they've arrested five men who solicited undercover detectives for lewd acts at Saddle Creek Park.

Detectives were called out to the park after complaints surfaced about indecent activity there.

Michael Seawell, 54, of 1133 Country Oaks Lane in Lakeland, was reportedly observed by detectives touching his genitals and then solicited an undercover detective to engage in a lewd act.

Seawell told detectives he is a terminal manager at CSX and was on duty at the time, according to an arrest report.

Eric Witte, 50, of 6711 Summer Cove Drive in Riverview, is accused of soliciting an undercover detective in a bathroom at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act.   

He reportedly told detectives he is a cook with the Merchant Marines.

James Dudley Fretwell, 70, of 1566 Excalibur Court in Lakeland, allegedly solicited an undercover detective out in the open at Saddle Creek Park.  According to detectives, Fretwell warned them that he had to be careful because he is married.

Denise Hice, 55, of 4345 Creekwood Lane in Mulberry, is also accused of soliciting a detective out in the open at the park.

According to an arrest report, Hice told detectives he is married and works for Publix Corporate.  He also stated that he volunteers at the Lakeland Public Library and Circle B Bar Reserve.

Thomas Bly, 53, of 715 Finney Street in Lakeland, also was arrested for reportedly soliciting an undercover detective to commit a lewd act and for exposing himself to the detective. 

According to an arrest report, Bly told detectives he works as a grounds keeper at Florida Southern College.

All five men were charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act.

Records show this is Witte's second offense.

Bly was also charged with indecent exposure in public.

"Polk County's parks are beautiful places where we can relax, fish, play and enjoy time together," said Sheriff Grady Judd in a written statement.  " They are not places for committing lewd acts or exposing yourself."

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