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An undercover sting operation has apparently exposed the aging underbelly of the flesh trade. Sheriff's deputies arrested three senior citizens after they allegedly solicited sex on the beach from young undercover officers.
The sting took place at Bunche Beach near Ft. Myers, Fla. Online reviews tout the beach's natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and vast array of collectible seashells.
What the reviews don't mention is that Bunche Beach has also been the site of men participating in lewd acts in public, Ft. Myers' WINK-TV reports.
People fed up with the lewd activity called authorities to complain. So the Lee County Sheriff's Office set up an undercover sting with young, attractive male deputies as decoys.
Over the course of two hours, three senior citizens separately approached the undercover deputies, WINK-TV reports. Each man told a deputy he was looking for sex on the beach.
And it wasn't just talk. Each man also exposed himself to a deputy, WINK reports. They were arrested in connection with committing lewd acts in public.
Lewdness is defined as a sexual act that's considered indecent. If the indecent act leads to physical contact with another person, it may be considered a sexual assault. But in this case, it seems the seniors just flashed their genitals to show they were serious about sex on the beach.
The men arrested were Larry D. Richardson, 62, of Deerfield, Ill.; Martin F. Schasel, 73, of Holland, N.Y.; and James T. Tobin Jr., 81, with an address in Ft. Myers. It's not clear if the men are locals, part-time residents, or visiting from out of town. The Ft. Myers area is home to many senior "snowbirds" who live in colder climes but spend the winter in Florida.
If convicted in connection with seeking sex on the beach, the seniors face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.