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80 arrested in Polk prostitution sting

Bartow, Florida -- An undercover operation called "Naughty Not Nice" netted 80 arrests for the Polk County Sheriff's Office in just four days over the weekend.

Among those arrested included 24 men and 33 women, 13 of whom were accused of aiding and abetting prostitution and 10 more for drugs and other various charges. 

"We not only think it' worth it, we think it is a wonderful Christmas present for us to deliver to these folks a trip to the county jail for violating the law," said Sheriff Grady Judd at a news conference on Monday afternoon.

The sheriff stood next to two poster boards with all the arrested people's faces and names plastered across it.

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"We are here to expose these people and the prostitution charges they are facing," said Judd. 

Deputies arrested a 16-year-old girl for prostitution and they are investigating whether she is also involved with human trafficking.

"She is not cooperating with us," said Judd. "We are hoping she will work with us because last time we did a sweep earlier this year we arrested a 15-year-old who was also uncooperative at first, but then later we rescued her from human trafficking where she had been involved there since she was 13 years old."

They also arrested a repeat offender, Mark Graffrath, who'd been arrested twice before, once by the same undercover deputy. 

"Not only is he a slow learner but he was arrested on one occasion by the same exact undercover agent; so does he engage in this misconduct so often, or is he just blinded by love?"

Christopher Havilcek was also arrested. He was a Palm Beach JP Morgan private vice president and involved in charities there. He's pictured with his wife online. 

Another man was a probation officer with the state. William Higbee man brought dozens of sex toys.  He was also arrested and his toys were confiscated.

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