Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

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 [email protected] or at (727) 893-8321.

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