Deputies Arrest Air Force Captain, 103 Others in Undercover Sex Sting

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Polk County deputies say a U.S. Air Force captain stationed in Cape Canaveral was one of 104 people arrested recently during an undercover prostitution sting.

Deputies said Capt. Dirk Watson, 32, of Merritt Island, traveled to an undisclosed location in Polk County to meet with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. It turned out to be an undercover detective.

Watson is facing charges of using a computer to seduce a child, traveling to meet a minor and lewd molestation, according to the Sheriff's Office. He told deputies he coaches his son's little league baseball team, and that he was supposed to meet his family at Disney World on Sunday -- the day after his arrest.

Deputies said 51 of the other people arrested are facing charges of soliciting to pay for prostitution, 38 people are accused of soliciting sex and 14 people were arrested on related charges, such as deriving proceeds from prostitution. Many of the people accused of soliciting sex told deputies they travel across the country having sex for money, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Two other men with ties to the military were arrested during the sting: Kevin Robinson, 42, of Springfield, Va., told deputies he is reserve lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy; and John Hamilton, 51, of Melbourne, said he is retired from the Air Force as a major, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Both men are accused of responding to a fake ad placed online by an undercover detective.

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