Orlando Sentinel - August 12, 2011
Moses Velasquez, 39, is accused of touching the girls in the wave pool at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.
A sex offender was jailed Friday after three girls say he touched them inappropriately by punching their genitals at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park Thursday.
Moses Velasquez, 39, was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, according to the Orange County Jail.
Witnesses and alleged victims told an Orange County Sheriff's deputy that Velasquez was in the wave pool with the children when the alleged incidents occurred. Once a Disney employee was made aware of the incident, Velasquez was quickly removed from the pool.
"We are focused on deterring this type of behavior in coordination with law enforcement," said Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said in a statement. "Among the tools we use is a training program to raise awareness among our Cast to help them recognize and report suspicious behavior.
" The children said Velasquez punched them in their genitals and pulled down their swimsuits while the waves were in motion, according to an arrest report.
One of the victims said another person in the pool told her Velasquez ducked under the water and kissed her buttocks.
One of the girls told the deputy she was punched so hard it caused a burning sensation. The three girls, who are vacationing with their families, are related, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Velasquez was escorted to the park office, where he was interviewed by a deputy. Velasquez's wife, who was also at the park, went with him. Deputies issued Velasquez a trespass warning for all of Disney properties and took him to jail.
Velasquez is a registered sex offender who was found guilty of molesting a girl between the ages of 12 and 15 in 2002, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Community Watch comments:
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