35 Disney Workers Busted in Kid-Sex Crimes Since '06
CNN investigation also looks at Universal Studios, SeaWorld
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2014 9:55 AM CDT
This Jan. 26, 2006, file photo shows Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.   (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, FILE)

(Newser) – Before that next family vacation to a Disney theme park, consider this: Since 2006, at least 35 Disney employees have been arrested and accused of crimes involving children and sex. Those include sex crimes involving children, attempting to meet minors for sex, and possessing child pornography, a CNN investigation reveals. None of the cases involved minors who were actually visiting the theme parks, but two of the child porn cases took place on Disney property. The network's six-month investigation (which appears to have been focused on Florida theme parks) also found that five Universal Studios employees and two SeaWorld employees have also been arrested on similar accusations.

Of the cases, 32 employees have been convicted, and the rest are pending. CNN has details of many of the cases, including a man who worked at Disney's Toy Story ride who allegedly arranged to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl (but was actually an undercover detective), a gift shop worker who downloaded videos of child porn, and a character actor and tour guide-in-training who allegedly sent nude photos to someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy. "Wherever you find children, you'll find sexual predators that want to be there," says a local sheriff. Disney says it has "extensive measures in place" to keep kids safe, and notes that the 35 employees in question represent "one one-hundredth of 1% of the 300,000 people we have employed during this time period."

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Ms_Angie
Jul 16, 2014 11:25 AM CDT
This headline is a tad misleading.....
neil allen
Jul 16, 2014 12:01 AM CDT
Disney found 35 out of 300,000 employees? The Catholic church is soooooo much worse. Pope Francis admitted that 2% of his priests were pedophiles, and he was lying, since the Catholic John Jay report said it was at least 4%, which is 200-400 TIMES as much as Disney. In Philadelphia alone, Msgr Lynn testified that he shredded evidence about 35 known pedophile priests in Philadelphia alone, and that Cardinal Bevilacqua, 2 bishops and another priests met about it, and decided to destroy the proof in 1994, letting the pedophiles free to rape other children. Their organzied crime was discovered in 2011. One of the priests, Fr Cudemo, “finished” once on 10 year old girl (according to the grand jury report), then got her pregnant two years later and brought her for abortion. Fr Cudemo raped at least 17 girls (under 13 years old), and was hidden by the Catholic Church. Now Fr Cudemo lives one mile from SeaWorld, thanks to the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is the country’s largest organized child sex crime syndicate, but Disney doesn’t promise free tickets to heaven.
Had Enough
Jul 15, 2014 10:17 PM CDT
Hey IQ45, give it a rest. This is about child predators, not sea creatures. Do you understand...CHILD PREDATORS!