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Man Dressed As Tigger Allegedly Molests Girl, Mother At Disney World
NBC 4 ^ | April 2, 2004 | AP

Posted on 04/03/2004 12:32:11 AM PST by yonif

LOS ANGELES -- A Walt Disney World employee who worked as the character "Tigger" was charged Friday with molesting a 13-year-old girl and her mother while posing with them for pictures.

Michael Chartrand, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between 12 and 15 and one count of simple battery.He was booked at the Orange County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

A Disney spokeswoman said Chartrand has been suspended without pay.

The sheriff's office received a complaint that a costumed character at Disney World had touched a girl and her mother inappropriately while their pictures were being taken Feb. 21.

According to an incident report, Chartrand fondled the breasts of the girl and the mother while posing for pictures at the Magic Kingdom's Toon Town.

"As the photo was being taken, the victim claims that Tigger moved his right hand up to her right breast and started massaging it several times," the report said. "The victim became very embarrassed and ashamed of the incident and claims that she did not say anything to her mother until they left the park."

The girl later learned that the costumed character had done the same thing to her mother with his left hand, according to the report.

The girl and her father reported the incident Feb. 29.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boycottdisney; childabuse; childmolestation; childmolestor; disney; disneyworld; germanyorflorida; sexualassault; sexualmolestation; tragickingdom

1 posted on 04/03/2004 12:32:12 AM PST by yonif
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To: yonif
It was Eisner himself, he set up the guy who had a day off... /kidding

Weird, how long had this pervert worked there?

2 posted on 04/03/2004 12:41:10 AM PST by GeronL (Hey, I am on the internet. I have a right (cough, cough) to write stupid things.)
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To: yonif
This should come as no surprise:
Oh, the wonderful thing about Tiggers is,
Tiggers are wonderful chaps.
They're loaded with vim and vigor.
They love to leap in your lap.

3 posted on 04/03/2004 12:41:56 AM PST by JennysCool
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4 posted on 04/03/2004 12:42:18 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Don't be a nuancy boy)
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To: yonif
Where is the evidence?
5 posted on 04/03/2004 12:46:04 AM PST by endthematrix (To enter my lane you must use your turn signal!)
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To: wardaddy; Eaker; patton; sit-rep
LMAO.....Bad Tigger Bad .....Stay safe ya'll !
6 posted on 04/03/2004 12:47:13 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: yonif
Just another indication of how the Disney enterprise has deteriorated under the helmsmanship of Michael Eisner.
7 posted on 04/03/2004 12:49:29 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: yonif
He was listening when Gloria Steinhem said "one free grope" was okay?
8 posted on 04/03/2004 12:49:58 AM PST by Fenris6
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To: yonif
It like Deja view all over again... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1110306/posts
9 posted on 04/03/2004 12:50:36 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Democrats are the real asses of evil.)
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To: yonif
"Chartrand".

So that's what slick goes by these days?
11 posted on 04/03/2004 1:43:12 AM PST by Checkers
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To: yonif
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh.......

The wunnerful thing about Tiggers,
Is Tiggers are wunnerful things!

Tiggers are cuddle-e fellows,
Tiggers are awe-fully sweet!
Everyone ellous is jealous.....
12 posted on 04/03/2004 2:20:19 AM PST by clee1 (Where's the beef???)
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To: yonif
so the mother doesnt say anything about her charmin squeeze until the daughter complains.....and then only the father and daughter report the crime?

the way this is written, I get the impression mom wasnt all that upset

Tigger can be thankful it wasn't mrs. rev911 - she'd have punted his stones and left vibram prints on his neck

13 posted on 04/03/2004 2:48:51 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: Checkers
LOL! He changes it every so often to avoid recognition.
14 posted on 04/03/2004 3:23:57 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (There is no problem so great that it cannot be solved with high powered explosives.)
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To: yonif
I wasn't aware that Disney hired any heterosexual perverts.
15 posted on 04/03/2004 3:52:26 AM PST by pawdoggie
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To: ConservativeMan55
It is obvious that the appearance and actions of the mother and daughter "triggered" this incident.
16 posted on 04/03/2004 3:57:32 AM PST by meenie
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To: meenie
So Tigger was feeling them both up at the same time and both of them just stood there. My wife would have torn his false head off.
17 posted on 04/03/2004 6:10:04 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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Before everyone gets their panties in a twist here, consider the following:

Has anyone looked at those suits? The hands on those things are very thick gloves. Even if the guy was feeling the woman up, he wouldnt have felt anything.

And Disney does do background checks for the cast members that are in public contact like this. In fact, did you know these guys are teamsters and the jobs (the ones in costume) are pretty hard to come by?

So instead of spreading the same old internet rumors, you should talk to people that actually work there and who know what is going on.

Personally, I think the whole Disneyworld thing is a waste of time--but it is a professionally run organization that would not put up with this garbage.

Methinks these guys are overreacting and looking to make a fast Mickey-dollar. Of course, i could be wrong.

18 posted on 04/03/2004 6:23:48 AM PST by Vermont Lt (I am not from Vermont. I lived there for four years and that was enough.)
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To: Vermont Lt
You beat me to it. Those 'hands' are so large and cumbersome that Disney requests the kids bring large markers for the characters to use when signing autographs and sometimes they have assistants sign for them. It's not as if the dude could get a feel through all the foam and fake fur. Even if the pictures show Tigger with his hand dangling down over their chests, I'm not believing it. These folks are out to make a fast buck or two off Disney which will only increase the entrance costs for the rest of us.
19 posted on 04/03/2004 6:32:17 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: yonif
Gee. Thats funny...I've always had dark dreams about molesting Mickey.

Just kidding...

--Boris

20 posted on 04/03/2004 9:48:33 AM PST by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: JennysCool
This should come as no surprise:

Oh, the wonderful thing about Tiggers is,
Tiggers are wonderful chaps.
They're loaded with vim and vigor.
They love to leap in your lap.

Figures you would come up with that one so quickly. :)

How're ya doing?

21 posted on 04/03/2004 9:52:17 AM PST by Allegra (And WAIT!! That's not all! Call now and receive this FREE....)
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To: yonif
'Udderly' ridiculous charges!
22 posted on 04/03/2004 10:21:07 AM PST by UnklGene
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To: Vermont Lt
Geeze, took 18 posts to come across relative reason. Thank you. I don't purport to know the specifics, as news articles never quite get things right. What bothers me is the degree to which Freepers react to things they read now. We used to be a much more critically thinking bunch.
23 posted on 04/03/2004 4:44:47 PM PST by bluefish
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To: Ursa63
Not to be a Disney apologist, but there must be tons of fraudulent lawsuits against Disney all the time.

Here is a documented case:
http://www.snopes.com/disney/wdco/3lilpigs.htm

Here is a not-so-documented case:
A lady once tried to sue Disney World on the accusation that a brick from the castle fell off, and hit her. Well they let her spend all the money to go to court for the lawyer and stuff, then they informed the judge that the castle is made up of concrete, no bricks. Needless to say, she lost!

As for cameras and peepholes, I would hope they didn't have any in toilets or changing rooms, but I know their security is pretty top-notch. You'll never hear any "lost child" announcements on their PA system, because Security can usually scour the park with their cameras and undercover security.



24 posted on 04/03/2004 5:09:15 PM PST by UncleHambone (Climb to Glory!)
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To: Revelation 911
Tigger was just found innocent in court. The father was one of the defense witnesses; said he didn't see anything at the time and he was the one taking the pictures.

The divorce followed. The complaint followed. No doubt this woman isn't finished.

25 posted on 08/05/2004 5:34:09 AM PDT by muawiyah
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