VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A retired Jacksonville Sheriff's Office employee was one of 14 men arrested in a week-long sting aimed at catching men trying to solicit children for sex, authorities said.
Brian McRee, 51, faces felony charges of possession of sexual performance by a child, along with use of a computer to solicit a minor, traveling to solicit a minor and illegal use of two-way communications, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
That's after he showed up at a Daytona Beach home to allegedly have sex with a person he believed was a 14-year-old girl. At the time, McRee was carrying condoms, a computer with child pornography, drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, a bottle of Smirnoff Ice and a handgun, the Sheriff's Office said.
McCree is a former JSO employee and previously worked for the sheriff's offices in Nassau and Putnam counties, according to records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Deputies said some suspects went to great lengths to meet people they thought were children, including one man who hitched a 55-mile cab ride from Kissimmee.
It was all part of a five-day sting called "Operation Volusia Spring Cleaning" that wrapped up on Monday.
The operation marks the the third sexual predator sting the Sheriff's Office has launched since 2011. Sheriff Ben Johnson said it was worth the time and effort.
"There's no doubt that these operations make our community safer," said Johnson. "And as long as there are predators out there trying to molest children, we will continue to conduct undercover stings and put offenders behind bars where they belong."
Authorities say the suspects range in age from 18-51. Five of them brought condoms with them, four sent lewd pictures to their undercover pen pals and three, including McRee, had guns.
One of the suspects, 23-year-old Widler Risin, works at Disney World.
The men arrested, according to the Sheriff's Office, include:
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; 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; and Georgyo Walkine, 22, Orlando.