PORT CANAVERAL, FL – A 36-year-old crew member on the Disney Dream has been arrested after a 13-year-old passenger said he molested her on the cruise ship.
According to reports, the ship was docked at Port Canaveral when Disney Cruise Lines contacted local police, the FBI and the Coast Guard to report that one of their crew members, Ahmed Sofyan, had been accused of molesting a teen passenger.
The teen said that Sofyan, who is from Indonesia, lured her into an empty cabin and sexually molested her. She added that Sofyan would not let her leave the cabin when tried to escape. He only let her go after the girl told him that her parents would be looking for her.
Sofyan would later admit his actions to police, stating that he knew the girl’s young age and knew that his behavior was wrong. Sofyan was arrested on two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of false imprisonment.
“We have no tolerance whatsoever for the behavior alleged in this incident,” said Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, in a release. “We are sorry that anything of this nature could have occurred on one of our ships. We place enormous value on the trust our guests have in us, and nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of each and every one of our guests.”
That’s an interesting response considering their actions after a similar incident happened on the same ship in 2012. That’s when a ship’s surveillance camera captured one of their cruise line employees, Milton Braganza, molesting an 11-year-old passenger inside an elevator while docked at Port Canaveral.
Disney security did not immediately notify local authorities after the incident was reported, even after they had watched the video and identified the employee. Instead, they waited until the ship set sail for the Bahamas and then, once there, paid to fly Braganza back home to India.Tags: Ahmed Sofyan, cruise, Disney, Dream Dream, Florida, Molestation