Updated December 24th, 2023 at 18:44 IST

Pedophilic disorder? Walt Disney worker with flash drives, SD cards full of child pornography jailed

Michael Foster, a 47-year-old ex-overnight mechanic at Walt Disney World, faces 32 counts of child pornography.

Reported by: Manasvi Asthana
Disney World employee charged with 32 counts of child pornography. | Image:Unsplash
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Michael Foster, a 47-year-old ex-overnight mechanic at Walt Disney World, faces 32 counts of child pornography, casting a disturbing shadow over the renowned entertainment destination. The arrest came after an inquiry conducted by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, initiated by a tip-off regarding potential possession of child pornography at Foster's residence on December 16.

Available evidence

In response to this concerning information, detectives confiscated a flash drive and several SD cards from a book bag that belonged to Foster. This revelation subsequently prompted the issuance of a search warrant at his residence. In the course of the search, additional digital storage devices were uncovered, exacerbating the gravity of the situation.

Foster allegedly confessed to viewing and downloading pornographic images, as well as acknowledging ownership of the seized items. Subsequent to the admission and the findings, he was arrested and incarcerated, facing a substantial bond of $320,000.

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This occurrence is not an isolated incident, as there have been prior instances of Disney World employees facing comparable charges, encompassing theft and implication in child predator and human trafficking sting operations.

Disney's reply

Walt Disney World, renowned globally for its dedication to family-friendly entertainment and safety, affirmed that Foster has been terminated from employment with the company in light of these charges. The company upholds rigorous security measures and continues its unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of its guests.

 

 

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Published December 24th, 2023 at 18:35 IST