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FLORIDA: Baptist pastor among eight men arrested in undercover operation at park

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Pastor Mark A. Skinner, Highlands City Baptist Church, rrested in undercover operation at parkPasco County Sheriff's Office vice detectives arrested eight men during an undercover operation Friday at a park after receiving complaints of lewd activity.

During the operation, male undercover detectives made contact with various men in the park. According to a report, six men asked the detectives to perform sex acts with them, while two men were trespassing, having been banned from the park for previous arrests for lewd acts.

Arrested were:

  • Mark A. Skinner, 55, 822 Woodmont Lane, Lakeland. He was charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act. Skinner told detectives he was recently laid off [as pastor] from Highlands City Baptist Church, and also was formerly a volunteer on the Sheriff's Advisory Council.
  • Gerald Cox, 61, 3824 Palow Road, Lakeland. He was charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act. Cox told detectives he is retired.
  • William John Clark, 63, 682 Tulip Circle E., Auburndale. He was arrested for trespassing. Clark told detectives he is retired.
  • Robert Parsley, 44, 4402 Burlington Drive, Winter Haven. He was arrested for trespassing. Parsley told detectives he works at Saddle Creek Corp.
  • Russell Colvin, 78, 2180 21st St. NW, Winter Haven. He was charged with two counts of soliciting another to commit a lewd act. Colvin told detectives he is retired.
  • Daniel Ortiz, Jr., 30, 131 Cardinal Court, Davenport. He was charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act. Ortiz told detectives he is a franchise consultant for Denny's restaurants.
  • Larry Oldham, 67, 108 Florida Drive, Auburndale. He was charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act and possession of a concealed firearm. Oldham told detectives he is retired.
  • Donald Eaton, 64, Morgan County, Ala. He was charged with soliciting another to commit a lewd act. Eaton told detectives he is visiting from Alabama and staying with relatives, and he is retired and married.

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