4284 Avalon Drive, Naples, FL
NAPLES — Three men who the Collier County Sheriff’s Office says were cruising for sex in an East Naples park got a trip to jail instead on Wednesday after reports say they propositioned a deputy during an undercover operation.
Peter J. Linnane, 69, of the 8300 block Mystic Greens Way, East Naples; John J. Scanlon, 48, of the 7300 block Salerno Court, Golden Gate Estates; and Anthony Joseph Herner, 76, of Chicago were arrested by Collier deputies at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive. All three were charged with indecent exposure in public.
This is the third such undercover sting in the park this year. Six others were arrested in two previous investigations.
According to police reports, Linnane approached an undercover officer and asked if he was there to “hook up.” Linnane then followed the undercover officer to a parking spot where the undercover officer had parked his vehicle, according to the report. Linnane then got into the vehicle and touched the officer in the groin area, according to the report. He then pulled his pants down and began performing a sex act in the front seat of the undercover vehicle, while simultaneously asking the officer to perform a sex act on him, according to the reports.
Scanlon, whose occupation was listed as "lighting installer," was sitting in the driver’s seat of a black 2009 BMW X3 when he engaged the undercover deputy in a sexual conversation and exposed his penis to the deputy, according to reports.
According to reports, an undercover deputy was sitting on the ground under a tree reading a newspaper when he made eye contact with Herner. Herner motioned the deputy over to his vehicle, according to reports. The deputy got into Herner’s vehicle and struck up a conversation with him, according to reports. Herner then put an adult video in a portable DVD player and started playing it for the undercover deputy, according to reports. He asked the deputy if he liked a certain sex act and, after the deputy applied, he began performing a sex act on himself, according to the report.
The Sheriff’s Office conducted the sting in response to “numerous complaints of lewd and lascivious” behavior in the parking lot during normal park operating hours, according to the report. All three incidents that resulted in arrests occurred during normal operating hours at the park with both pedestrian and vehicular traffic around them, according to the report.