There have been numerous cases of groping at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom recently, and now Disney authorities are asking more victims to come forward.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, an Orlando man who was accused last month of touching a child inappropriately at Magic Kingdom park is now facing additional charges of molestation.
The 50-year-old man, James Anthony Jones, was arrested on October 16 for allegedly groping a child — a girl younger than 12 years old — while in Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. The child told their mother, and the two guests came forward and reported the incident to Disney officials. While this case was under investigation, another molestation incident reportedly occurred, also in Liberty Square but this time at Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction. Another victim — a girl between the ages of 12 and 15 — was reportedly inappropriately touched by a man while in the Haunted Mansion stretching room, and officials believe that Jones is the culprit in that case, as well.
MORE CHARGES: OCSO Sex Crimes Detectives have added more charges to 50-year-old James Anthony Jones, for lewd and lascivious molestation for more incidents at Disney properties. Detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who feels they may have been victimized by Jones/ pic.twitter.com/N5j8T7xWoH
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) November 7, 2019
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office shared that the man now faces additional lewd or lascivious molestation charges, which involve separate molestations of a 14-year-old and a 13-year-old in July and September 2019. At this time, it’s unclear whether these incidents occurred on Disney property.
Jones was previously a Walt Disney World annual passholder, but a statement released by Disney says that his annual pass has now been revoked.
On Thursday, deputies stated that they want to speak with “anyone who feels they may have been victimized by Jones.”
This case involving Jones is developing at the same time that a sex offender, 51-year-old Brian Sherman, was arrested for allegedly groping a Walt Disney World Cast Member while she was performing during a character meet and greet.
As a reminder, Guest Relations locations are located in every Disney theme park, and Disney Cast Members do whatever they can to help guests feel comfortable and safe. If you need to report an incident or ask for help, ask a Cast Member, or you can locate Guest Relations on the Disney Parks maps.
This is a developing story and we will update our website as more information regarding this case becomes available.