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Man accused of impersonating an officer and demanding cash from prostitutes

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55-year-old William Dennis Milstead.  Credit: Orange County Jail
55-year-old William Dennis Milstead. Credit: Orange County Jail

The head of an organization that helped in the search of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony is accused of impersonating an officer and threatening to arrest a woman if she didn’t give him money, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman told deputies she was sitting in a car with a man in the parking lot of a Sam’s Club on South Orange Blossom Trail Sunday night when William Dennis Milstead, 55, drove into the front of the vehicle, an arrest report said.

Milstead got out of vehicle, approached the driver’s side and pulled out a gold badge, which he had on a necklace tucked into his shirt, records show.

He told the pair he was an undercover police officer and that if she did not give him $200 he would take her to jail, deputies said.

The pair got out of the vehicle and Milstead pulled out a flashlight with a built-in taser on it. He then turned on the taser and the woman ran to a nearby gas station to call authorities, records show. The man she was with drove off.

When deputies responded, Milstead was still in the parking lot. They found damage to the front of his vehicle, the taser and a gold badge marked with the words “Kid Finders Network” and “responder investigator,” an arrest affidavit shows.

The woman, who deputies say is a suspected prostitute, said Milstead “does this all the time to multiple other prostitutes in the area,” an arrest report said.

She told deputies Milstead has used the fake badge before and threatened to expose women if they did not pay him, records show.

She also told deputies she was not in the act of anything illegal when the incident started, and the man was just a friend.

Milstead heads the Kid Finders Network with his ex-wife, Sherri, state records show. The organization helps search for missing children and was involved in the search for 2-year-old Caylee Anthony before her mother, Casey Anthony, was charged and later acquitted of murdering the toddler.

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