Theme park employees caught in sex stings, child porn arrests Posted: Inside his rented house in a suburban Orlando neighborhood filled with children, he sits in a folding chair in a nearly empty room, wires dangling in the corner where his computer used to be connected.
Now, he can't be online or near children. My kids' life is ruined. I've devastated my parents because of bad judgment. Five Universal Studios employees and two employees from SeaWorld have also been arrested. So far, a total of 32 have been convicted, with the remaining cases pending. Two cases, which were for possession of child pornography, occurred on Disney property, according to police reports.
None of the cases involved children or teenagers visiting the parks. Kingsolver, a service manager who oversaw ride repairs at the Magic Kingdom, has pleaded not guilty to soliciting a child for sexual acts and traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity. He said he thought he was going to meet a year-old girl for sex at a house set up by detectives from the Lake County, Florida, Sheriff's Office, according to police records.
Instead, when he showed up at the house, he was met by detectives. Kingsolver told CNN he was just trying to protect the girl, and planned to call authorities when he showed up at the house. He said his family is standing by him. They know that their dad is not somebody that will go out and hurt a young child.
They know their dad is somebody that would go out and protect a young child at any cost. In the latest sting that ended in July, two Disney employees and an employee at Universal Studios were among those arrested by Polk County Sheriff's detectives. The police report said he advertised himself online as "Big Teddy Bear for younger chaser. Treaster was actually communicating with an undercover detective. He has pleaded not guilty. He said he drove to Georgia to meet the boy at his house, then took him to a hotel where they had sex, according to the interrogation video.
The undercover detective asked Treaster, "OK and when did you find out how old he was? Treaster did not return calls from CNN. He was one of four Disney employees and one Universal employee arrested in sex stings or in child porn cases from June 10 to July 1. Cuthbert pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Fazio was convicted of downloading videos showing "multiple scenes of nude prepubescent children engaging in sexual activity with adults and other children," the police report said. He was arrested in April after an Osceola County Sheriff's Office investigation claimed that he was downloading child porn videos.
Holgerson sent nude photos and engaged in explicit sexual chats online with someone he thought was a year-old boy and his uncle, according to police records. After he showed up to meet the boy, Holgerson ran from police. During a videotaped interview with sheriff's detectives after the arrest, Holgerson said he was a character actor at Disney and in training to become a VIP tour guide.
He pleaded not guilty and said he went to the home to make sure the boy was OK. I just have a strong connection with kids. I like working with kids. I just enjoy helping them grow and that's why I've been working with high schools for so long is because a lot of these kids look up to me. Because I felt his uncle was in the wrong. I would never do anything with the kid, I promise.
I didn't want him hurt. And I'm being honest here. In a statement to CNN, Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said, "Providing a safe environment for children and families is a responsibility we take very seriously. We have extensive measures in place, including pre-employment and ongoing criminal background checks and computer monitoring and firewalls. We continue to work closely with law enforcement and organizations like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as we constantly strengthen our efforts.
He told detectives during an interrogation that he wouldn't have really gone through with it. He pleaded not guilty, and did not return CNN's calls. In a statement, Universal Studios spokesman Tom Schroder said, "We have zero tolerance for this kind of activity. We deal with situations such as this immediately and permanently. Congress, citing privacy and civil liberties issues, has made it illegal for most private companies to polygraph employees.
In the wake of the CNN investigation, U. Dennis Ross, R-Florida, has proposed legislation that would add an exemption to the Polygraph Act of The proposal would give businesses that cater to children the option to use a polygraph to screen prospective employees. Specifically, the exemption would apply to prospective employees "whose activities would involve the care or supervision of children or regular access to children who are cared for or supervised by another employee," or where there is a "high probability" the employee "will interact with unsupervised children on frequent basis.
Asked specifically about the number of theme park employee arrests, Ross said, "You know I can't put the label on any particular employer because there's just too many of them -- period. And it doesn't matter so much the industry but it's the act that it's happening. And I understand the propensity is probably greater where there are more opportunities to be around children and that's something that I find that we have to offer them the tools necessary so that we can prevent it.
The pair was actually a Lake County Sheriff's detective posing as both the father and girl. Kingsolver, in the chat logs released by police, wrote he was "actually a very cuddling and snuggling kind of guy" and that "I really enjoy giving oral. I believe in treating a lady like a princess. I treat ladies with respect because that is how I hope my daughter gets treated.
He said he planned to call authorities after showing up at the home and meeting the girl and her father. I'm an honest guy that I thought was trying to help and I thought I was trying to do the right thing. Did I do it in the right manner? No, obviously not," he said. Kingsolver, who is separated from his wife, has a son and a daughter as well as two stepchildren. During the CNN interview, he reminisced about seeing children and their families enjoying the rides at the park. Some family you knew had saved up literally for a decade to come there and spend a few days.
Just to see them having fun and to see the, you know, look on the children's faces when they get to see, you know, Prince Charming or one of the princesses or you know, riding Barnstormer or anything, or any of the rides or just walking around and maybe running into Mickey. It was just, that was the best part, just seeing kids glow and seeing their heroes.
I just enjoyed that so much. I have no intention and had no intention of doing anything with anyone, any minor. I was in shock that I was there because I'd never even been in a jail before or on the outside looking in to visit someone, much less, you know, having to get to wear a size 3X jumpsuit and a size 13 shoe.
So you know, yeah, I did a lot of thinking. The next day, he said he showed up for work at Disney, where he was promptly placed on what he said was unpaid leave. He hired a lawyer to fight the charges. Judd, the Polk County sheriff, said he has no sympathy for the men arrested like Kingsolver, who was arrested in a neighboring county's sting operation. We did an undercover operation. We threw the bait out in the water, and you're the fish and you bit the bait.
What we didn't do is take this big net, and grab you up and then grab you and then stick the bait in your mouth. Well, they work at Disney because they want a good, stable job for a great company, but there is always a few that are there because they can see children. They can live in a child's world," Judd said.
Ernie Allen, president of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, said the number of those arrested in the child sex stings and for child porn "should signal to all of us that this is a real threat. It's a threat to Disney, it's a threat to a lot of companies and a lot of settings because these offenders will attempt to defeat the barriers that you put in place that deny them access to children.
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