Man receives 15-year sentence for groping girls at Disney World

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An Orlando man has been convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for groping young girls at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

James Anthony Jones, 53, was officially sentenced on March 1 to 15 years behind bars after being found guilty of inappropriately touching numerous underage girls at Walt Disney World Resort. He will be credited with the 867 days he spent in prison awaiting sentencing.

According to Click Orlando, Jones has been named as a sex offender. He was first arrested on October 16, 2019, after touching two children. One incident took place at the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe while the other occurred in the haunted ride pre-show area. The Disney cast members ended up choosing it from a crowd.

After the news broke, another mother came to the Orange County Police Department and reported that Jones touched her 13-year-old daughter three times the previous month.

The mother told authorities the daughter was in the Flight of Passage pre-show at Animal Kingdom when they walked past Jones where he allegedly grabbed her daughter’s breast and did it once again after the route. He apparently said something to the girl as he walked through a smaller area and then grabbed both of her breasts.

“Dude, you hit me three times,” the girl told him before he left. Police confirmed with evidence that Jones was in their vicinity at the time the mother reported him.

Jones ended up facing a total of five charges of lewd and lascivious assault on a victim between the ages of 12 and 15.

Disney previously released a statement about the matter which read, “The alleged behavior is unacceptable. Based on a description of the suspect, our cast members identified him in a crowd and alerted deputies, which ultimately resulted in his arrest. We continue to work closely with Orange County Sheriff’s investigators on this matter.”

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