The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man swimming at Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon with molesting four teenage girls at the water park.
One of the children notified Disney employees of being fondled by a man as others played in the wave pool, according to reports.
One of the girls claims she was “doggie paddling” when the accused allegedly stood close to her and rubbed her leg. The girls said they saw him doing the same to two other girls in the water and reported what happened to a deputy working off-duty security.
The deputy apparently saw the 54-year-old man in an argument with an unidentified person and the other two girls, according to reports.
The man was arrested on charges of battery and lewd and lascivious molestation of victims under 18 years old. According to state records, this is the first time the man has been arrested in Florida. He bonded out of the Orange County Jail late Monday.
Inappropriate touching is classified as fondling another person or asking to be touched in an area of the body that could be considered sexual in nature. The severity of a crime like lewd and lascivious molestation can vary based on many factors, including the age of the alleged victim and the alleged act in question. If convicted of this crime, you could be facing serious jail time, mandatory sex offender registration and lengthy probation and fines.
If you have been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation in Orange County, or think you are about to be charged, the sooner you contact a Florida Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton, the better. We can begin helping you before you are actually charged with a crime, with the goal to keep you from being slapped with a sex crimes charge if at all possible. As soon as you learn that you have been accused of a sex crime, do not hesitate to call us at 866-608-5529. Time is a critical factor when it comes to criminal charges, as there might be ways to have these charges reduced or dismissed. Remember, what you do before you are charged with a sex crime can be just as important as how you handle your case once you are charged. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
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