There is a reports this evening from WFTV Orlando and other Orlando news outlets that a 36 year old Disney Cruise Line crew member, Ahmed Sofyan of Jakarta, Indonesia, has been arrested on a charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of false imprisonment of a 13 year old girl.
According to reports, Canaveral Port Authority police were called by Disney Cruise Line just after 8AM morning to respond to a molestation that occurred aboard the Disney Dream ship while it was docked in Port Canaveral. The Disney Dream arrived in port earlier in the morning ending a 4-night Bahamian cruise.
ClickOrlando reports that as soon as it learned of the incident, Disney Cruise Line notified law enforcement, including the Port Canaveral Police Department, the FBI and the Coast Guard.
“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.”
Following an investigation, Sofyan was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Jail. He has also been terminated as an employee of Disney Cruise Line. Sofyan will appear before a judge on Friday.
We reached out to Disney, but have yet to hear back as to what Soyfan’s position was while employed aboard the Dream.
UPDATE: Friday April 11, 2014 – New Information
CBS News is reporting that Soyfan was a stateroom host aboard the Disney Dream at the time of the incident. The report continues with an account obtained from the local authorities that Soyfan allegedly lured her into an unoccupied cabin and touched her inappropriately against her will. Sofyan allegedly refused to let her go when she tried to leave several times, and only released his hold when the victim told him her parents would be looking for her and that they would find out about it. According to the report obtained by CBS News, Sofyan admitted to police that his behavior was wrong and that he was aware that the victim was just 13.
UPDATE: Friday April 11, 2014 10PM – Sofyan Pleads Not Guilty
WESH has a follow up from Sofyan’s appearance before a judge today. He pleaded not guilty. The judge denied bond on mentioning he is a flight risk and not from the area.