After arrest, coach resigns from West Orange High

John Layton was arrested after he answered an online escort advertisement and agreed to pay $40 for a sex act.


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The West Orange High coach arrested in a seven-day Polk County Sheriff's Office human-trafficking operation has resigned.

According to Orange County Public Schools Media Relations Manager Michael Ollendorff, Layton resigned from his coaching post Sept. 8.

Layton, who served as an assistant cross country coach before he was promoted to head coach in 2019, was arrested after he answered an online escort advertisement and agreed to pay $40 for a sex act. When he arrived to the sting location, he was wearing a school track and field shirt. 

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said that during the arrest, Layton asked how long it would take — because he had track practice in the morning.

“No, the students have track practice in the morning,” Judd said. "You have jail practice in the morning."

Layton was among 160 people arrested in the operation, dubbed "Fall Haul 2." Other West Orange-area residents arrested include Cameron Burke, of Ocoee, and Guillermo Perez, of Winter Garden.

Burke was arrested for prostitution solicitation. He is currently released on bond for lewd and lascivious battery on a 15-year-old student at Oak Ridge High School in Orange County. He was arrested in 2021 after the Orange County Sheriff’s Office learned Burke was having sex with the high school student beginning in August 2020. At the time of his arrest, he was employed as a computer technician for the school.

Perez responded to an online escort advertisement and agreed to pay $80 to have sex with an undercover detective. He works as a bellhop for Disney.

 

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Michael Eng

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