Disney bus driver arrested in underage internet sex sting

Disney bus driver arrested in underage internet sex sting

A Walt Disney World bus driver is facing felony charges after investigators said he sent sexually explicit messages, including a photo of his genitals, to an undercover detective posing as a 15-year-old girl.

Zachary Hudson, 30, identified himself as a bus driver at the resort to the “teen” and told her he was messaging her while at work on June 4 and 5, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office affidavit.

Transcripts of their messages from the affidavit showed he offered to meet her to have sex.

Hudson, of Odessa, was arrested by Orange County deputies at the Magic Kingdom while working on June 6, records show. He is facing charges of transmitting harmful material to a minor and using a two-way communication device to commit a felony, both third-degree felonies.

He is among 12 people arrested in an undercover investigation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office targeting adults preying on children.

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Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Records show Hudson met the detective posing as the teenager on an undisclosed social networking website and continued messaging her after she identified herself as a minor.

“I could honestly go to jail for this, but I’ll risk it for you,” records show he wrote.

He told the detective he worked at Disney World and then started a sexual conversation. Hudson suggested the two could meet in person at her house and see each other naked “in secret and private,” according to an affidavit.

He said the two would “need to be cautious” because of their “age gap” and later sent her the graphic photo, records show.

Court records did not show a lawyer for Hudson or previous arrests. Hudson did not respond to a request for comment.

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