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    FL - Tigger accused of groping 13yo girl at Walt Disney World, 21 Feb 2004

    'Tigger' arrested on molestation charges

    Costumed character at Disney World charged with fondling girl, mother.

    By Anthony Colarossi | Sentinel Staff Writer
    Posted April 2, 2004, 4:49 PM EST

    Orange County Sheriff's Office investigators have arrested a Walt Disney World employee who worked as the character "Tigger" and charged him with molesting a 13-year-old girl and her mother while posing with them for pictures in February.

    Michael Chartrand, 36, was charged with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between 12 and 15 years old and one count of simple battery.

    He was booked into the Orange County Jail today 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 with the character 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.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...home-headlines

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    this is so creepy - especially for me, because when i was around fifteen years old I went on a disney cruise with my family and I was totally freaked out by the Tigger character. Although he didn't actually grope or fondle me, he was always trying to pose with me in photos and putting his arm around me. can't help but wonder if it's the same guy......

    eeeeeew

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    Seems strange that such behavior would take place as the camera was rolling!

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    It seems DOZENS of similar complaints are now emerging.

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    Well, in defense of "Tigger"--we went to Disney Land last summer, and Tigger was our favorite character--signed the autograph book "I am not a princess! Tigger!" because of all the princess siggies. (Note: this happened at Disney World, not Disney Land, where we went.)

    The Tigger character is supposed to show a lot of "personality." Sounds like this was a little too much--eeuuwww--I sincerely hope it's not true.

    Disney has "handlers" with every character. They stand near the character and make sure they stay on schedule, aren't mauled to death, etc, etc, and of course, act appropriately, so I'm surprised any character could get away with such actions.

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    Also the surveillance camera coverage is rather extensive too usually.

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    FL - Tigger accused of groping 13yo girl at Walt Disney World, 21 Feb 2004

    leopard can't change its spots, but Walt Disney World wants to hide Tigger's stripes -- at least when the costume of the bouncy tiger shows up next week in court in a sexual-molestation trial.

    To protect the frenetic feline's innocent image, a Disney lawyer has suggested that the orange Tigger costume be dyed black or white and its ears be removed. The lawyer made the request to the attorney representing Michael C. Chartrand in the trial that is scheduled to start Monday.

    Chartrand was suspended after he was charged with molesting a 13-year-old girl in February while he was dressed as Tigger at Disney World's Toon Town.

    Any case in which a child's storybook character is linked to a sex crime is bound to be strange. But the arrest was just the prelude of what now promises to be a bizarre courtroom showdown.


    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/loc...a-news-florida

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    Wouldn't that be tampering with evidence?

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    So how are you going to protect the image when the person (allegedly) ALREADY used the Tigger costume to sexually molest a child?

    I'm not getting the point here....
    Just the facts, Ma'am.

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    Jury acquits Tigger performer
    Michael C. Chartrand has been cleared of molesting a 13-year-old girl at Disney World.

    By Anthony Colarossi | Sentinel Staff Writer
    Posted August 5, 2004
    A jubilant Michael C. Chartrand celebrated his freedom Wednesday night after jurors quickly acquitted him of molesting a 13-year-old girl while he was dressed as Tigger at Walt Disney World.

    Jurors, who tried on the costume's paws and head during their deliberations, took less than an hour to clear Chartrand.

    After hearing the verdict, he hugged his attorney and members of his family. He later thanked the jury.

    "I just want to thank them for spending their time to do what they did, and sorry they had to waste their own time," said Chartrand, 36, who has been suspended without pay from Disney.

    The girl who told police Chartrand touched her breast sat with her mother and other family members in the courtroom's front row. They gasped at the words not guilty and were hustled out of the courthouse away from reporters.

    Asked whether he was bitter, Chartrand said, "I was brought up to be a gentleman and a scholar the English, old-fashioned way, and so I have no animosity to anybody. I have values that most Americans would probably wish to have." He moved to Central Florida from England last year.

    His acquittal ends a three-day trial that gained international attention and became the subject of jokes on late-night television.
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    "Tigger" was offered a plea deal before the trial began, but refused it.

    Before the trial, heard by Orange Circuit Judge Bob Wattles, Assistant State Attorney William Jay offered Chartrand a deal to plead no contest to misdemeanor battery in exchange for one year of probation.

    But Chartrand refused and went to trial on a charge of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child 12 to 15 years of age. He could have faced more than four years in prison. The maximum is 15 years.

    Jurors said afterward that the state didn't make its case.

    "The state did not present enough evidence," juror Kathy Bohn said.

    One of the jurors, who asked not to be named, said Kaufman's theatrical closing did not influence the decision.

    "It had no affect on our decision," he said. "It [the decision] was based solely on the evidence or lack of evidence."


    Chartrand was represented pro bono by his attorney.

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    I am trying to picture this jury taking turns with tiggers head and paws on

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    If it doesn't fit...

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    I had a lot of trouble believing this one

    First those costumes are bulky and awkward by nature, second the mother was there in the photos- saw what happened (had it happen to her) and didn't start screaming immediately? This all took place in front of the stepfather, other visitors, probably other employees, and in front of cameras. I kind of expected this jury decision. And I am glad that he did not take the plea deal. Otherwise he would be serving time for an offense that I just can't believe happened.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    "Asked whether he was bitter, Chartrand said, "I was brought up to be a gentleman and a scholar the English, old-fashioned way, and so I have no animosity to anybody. I have values that most Americans would probably wish to have." He moved to Central Florida from England last year."

    A little pompous, I would say. Seemes odd this would even make it to court.
    Just the facts, Ma'am.

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