Pasadena Lakes Walnut Creek Optimist Club Leaders Silent About Sex Room At Pembroke Pines Ball Park

(Editor’s Note: The article below deals with an investigation into the misuse of a City of Pembroke Pines facility used by the Pasadena Lakes Walnut Creek Optimist Club (PWCO). The original headline simply referenced Pembroke Pines optimist leaders. Some readers mistakenly believed this investigation involved a separate optimist group. This was never our intention, To better clarify the focus of the article, the headline has been changed.)

The optimist club leaders with control over baseball fiedls near Pasadena Lakes Elementary School remain silent about a Pembroke Pines Police investigation into a sex room in the pressbox.  In November 2016, Pembroke Pines Police discovered numerous sex toys, an air mattress and bodily fluids in a city athletic field press box. According to the November 22, 2016 report, the tower had been unused since 2014. Police repsonded to a call from Pines Supervisor of Parks Glenn Reid. He told police he last visited the tower in June 2016. Reid said the tower was “undisturbed” at that time.

Five months later, Reid discovered the second floor air conditioning unit was running. Reid told police he found a “deflated air mattress, empty Styrofoam containers that had contained food, as well as a box containing various sex toys.” Reid stated he unplugged the ac unit and left the tower. The following day, Reid returned to the tower. This time, Reid discovered a fully inflated air mattress, “indicating that someone had entered the tower sometime overnight.”

Police said there were no signs of forced entry. The police officers did not observe any damage or signs of vandalism.

Despite all of the crime scene evidence, the case was closed.

Last week, REDBROWARD reported about Pembroke Pines City Commissioner Jay Schwartz’s interest in the matter. The ball park and the school are located in Schwartz’s district. Even though the case was not officially closed until February 1, 2017, Schwartz appeared to have firsthand knowledge about the investigation.

On January 13, 2017, Commissioner Jay Schwartz directly referenced the Pembroke Pines Police Case #PPD16OFF073656 in an email copied to the City Manager and City Attorney.

Schwartz wrote, “Our police department performed a professional evaluation and deliberate review of the incident resulting in a closure of the matter.”

How did Schwartz know the matter was closed when it would not be considered “inactive” for another month?

PASADENA LAKES WALNUT CREEK OPTIMIST CLUB (PWCO) 

The City contracted with the Pasadena Lakes Walnut Creek Optimist Club (PWCO) to host events at the park. According to Pembroke Pines Police report, members of city staff and the leaders of the PWCO had keys to the press box. The police report does not include any interviews with leaders of the PWCO.

According to State of Florida records, Sandy Arias is the president of the Pasadena Lakes Walnut Creek Optimist. Her sister Erika Arias was the club treasurer. In March 2015, City Commissioner Jay Schwartz presented Sandy and Erika Arias with a certificate of recognition during a commission meeting. Schwartz told the audience that his family plays baseball in the PWCO league.

Jay Schwartz’s campaign Facebook page has numerous photographs of Sandy and Erika Arias supporting his elections. One picture shows Schwartz and Sandy Arias working the polls during the March 2016 election.

REDBROWARD asked Sandy Arias, Erika Arias and other PWCO leaders about the investigation. REDBROWARD asked if they had been interviewed by police, whether they had a suspect in mind and if they spoke with any elected official about the matter.

REDBROWARD asked why Erika Arias suddenly left her position with PWCO in January 2017.

REDBROWARD has not received any replies.

Red Room? The Mystery Behind The Sex Den Just Steps Away From A Pembroke Pines Elementary School

In late 2016, Pembroke Pines Police discovered numerous sex toys, an air mattress and bodily fluids in a city athletic field press box just steps away from Pasadena Lakes Elementary School. Despite all the evidence, the investigation was closed with no resolution. To this day, it is unclear who was conducting sexual liasons at the baseball fields operating by the Pasadena Lakes Walnut Creek Optimist Club.

REDBROWARD obtained the Pembroke Pines Police Department report detailing the discovery of sex den in the “football tower” located at 2301 North Douglas Road. According to the November 22, 2016 report, the tower had been unused since 2014. Police repsonded to a call from Pines Supervisor of Parks Glenn Reid. He told police he last visted the tower in June 2016. Reid said the tower was “undisturbed” at that time.

Things were different on November 21, 2016.

Reid said he discovered the second floor air conditioning unit was running. He unlocked the door and went inside to investigate. Reid stated he found a “deflated air mattress, empty Styrofoam containers that had contained food, as well as a box containing various sex toys.” Reid stated he unplugged the ac unit and left the tower.

The following day, Reid returned to the tower. He unlocked the door and entered the building. This time, Reid discovered a fully inflated air mattress, “indicating that someone had entered the tower sometime overnight.”

Police said there were no signs of forced entry. The police officers did not observe any damage or signs of vandalism.

Police Officer Keegan indicated this appeared to be a case of tresspassing, a second degree misdemeanor.

The next day, police returned to the football tower to process the crime scene. The items were processed for fingerprints but none were found.

Nearly three months later, police contacted Parks Supervisor Reid. The February 1, 2017 report states, “[Reid] advised that there have been no incidents since the reported one.” The report claims Reid had no suspicions as to who was using the tower for secxual liasons. Officer Grant wrote the case should be considered “inactive.”

One month later, crime scene investigators returned to scene. On March 9, 2017, Patti Zorrilla wrote, “I had been advised by Captain Cerino that the items inside the building were to be collected.” Zorrilla collected two white blankets, two pillows, one queen size air mattress, one “white plastic box containing sex toys” and multiple tissues with bodily fluids.

BOX OF SEX TOYS

REDBROWARD obtained a photgraph of the items recovered that the Pasadena Lakes Optimist football tower. The items included a box of Trojan brand condoms, a bottle of lubricant, fur-lined handcuffs, a fur-lined paddle, a blindfold and an Icicles brand glass “dainty plug” sex toy still in its original packaging.

Surely, Pembroke Pines officials would want to know who was using city property for sexual purposes. Yes, it could have been consenting adults who were too cheap to find a hotel room. Yet, the tower’s proximity to an elementary school should have alarmed someone enough to verify nothing nefarious was going on inside.

Pasadena Lakes Elementary School and the Pasadena Lakes Optimist football tower lie within Pembroke Pines District 2 represented by Commissioner Jay Schwartz.

The documents obtained by REDBROWARD state the case was not considered closed until February 1, 2017.

But on January 13, 2017, Commissioner Jay Schwartz directly referenced the Pembroke Pines Police Case #PPD16OFF073656 in an email copied to the City Manager and City Attorney.

Schwartz wrote, “Our police department performed a professional evaluation and deliberate review of the incident resulting in a closure of the matter.”

How did Schwartz know the matter was closed when it would not be considered “inactive” for another month?

Wasn’t Schwartz concerned about the bodily fluids and sex toys at a city ball park?

Did Pembroke Pines Police conduct any interviews with anyone other than Supervisor Reid?

More to come…