Another disturbing story from WDW. This time Typhoon Lagoon:
No Bond For Suspect In Water Park Sex Crime
Posted: 6:19 am EDT July 17, 2009
Updated: 6:55 pm EDT July 17, 2009
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – It’s the fifth sex crime at a Central Florida water park in just the past month. The latest suspect is in jail right now and that’s where he’ll stay.
Detectives say 29-year-old David Thomas touched at least five boys inside Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon on Thursday, but that’s not the only water park where this has been happening. There have been similar incidents at Aquatica and Wet ‘n’ Wild.
The latest suspect was told Friday he will not be able to bond out of jail. He’s from Mountlake Terrace, Washington and the judge did not feel comfortable releasing him.
“He was in the wave pool and a father saw him touch a little boy on the butt,” said Sgt Rich Mankewich, Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Eyewitness News found out from deputies that Thomas is in Orlando on vacation from Seattle with a 15-year-old boy who lives with him. The boy also claims Thomas molested him this week and more times than he can remember over the last five years. Thomas is friends with the boy’s mother.
“She didn’t even know he was here at Disney World. The 15-year-old has been living with Thomas for the past year,” Mankewich said.
The crime has now prompted new action from Disney, which is increasing law enforcement and security in the water park. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will have a lot more eyes watching the water starting immediately.