Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Polk cybersex sting nets 38, including fifth-grade teacher, two from Tampa Bay area

A fifth-grade teacher from Orlando and two men from the Tampa Bay area were among 38 people arrested in a cybersex sting in Polk County.

Wilson Silva, 31, of Brooksville and Anthony David, 24, of Tampa were arrested during Operation Cyber Child, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Silva, a registered sex offender since 2001, was picked up after he responded to a posting on the website Craigslist, according to sheriff's officials. He is accused of corresponding with an officer posing as the mother of a 14-year-old girl and suggesting a meeting between himself and the teen.

He was arrested on a charge of traveling to meet a minor for sex, according to the Sheriff's Office.

David, 24, has pleaded guilty in recent years to delivery and possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The fifth-grade teacher, 43-year-old Matthew Chillcott, works at Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Orlando.

Chillcott engaged in online conversations since January with a police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl, sheriff's officials said. They said he agreed to travel to the "teen's" location to have sex.

Chillcott told detectives that he was also a youth soccer coach.

The sting also led to the arrests of men from as far as New York and Illinois.

Michael Finch II can be reached at or at (727) 893-8321.

Polk cybersex sting nets 38, including fifth-grade teacher, two from Tampa Bay area 06/11/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 11, 2012 10:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trigaux: How Moffitt Cancer's M2Gen startup won $75 million from Hearst


    TAMPA — A Moffitt Cancer Center spin-off that's building a massive genetic data base of individual patient cancer information just caught the attention of a deep-pocketed health care investor.

    Richard P. Malloch is the president of Hearst Business Media, which is announcing a $75 million investment in M2Gen, the for-profit cancer informatics unit spun off by Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. Malloch's job is to find innovative investments for the Hearst family fortune. A substantial amount has been invested in health care, financial and the transportation and logistics industries.
  2. A boat lays on its side off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. [Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte | Associated Press]
  3. 7.1 magnitude quake kills at least 149, collapses buildings in Mexico


    MEXICO CITY — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 149 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

    A woman is lifted on a stretcher from of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. [Rebecca Blackwell | Associated Press]
  4. FHP seeks semitrailer truck driver that left fiery wreck on I-75


    TAMPA — The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an Interstate 75 crash that left another car burning on Tuesday afternoon.

    Troopers were looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an accident scene on Interstate 75 in Tampa on Tuesday afternoon that caused a car to catch fire. [Courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol]
  5. Joe Maddon gets warm reception in return to the Trop

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The night was arranged to honor former Rays manager Joe Maddon in his first visit back to the Trop, and the standing ovation from the bipartisan crowd and scoreboard video tribute seemed proper acknowledgments of his hefty role in the Rays' success during his nine-year stint.

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) talks with reporters during a press conference before the start of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.