A former Disney Cruise Line Youth Counselor is heading to trial scheduled for the end of October. Oliver Lovatt was employed as a Youth Counselor aboard the Disney Magic and is charged with the crime of lewd or lascivious molestation by a person 18 or older on a child under 12.
Lovatt is alleged to have fondled a young boy aboard the Disney Magic. Authorities are appealing to the public for help finding more potential victims asking anyone with information on the case can call the Miami-Dade Special Victims Bureau at 305-715-3300, or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477.
A spokeswoman for Disney Cruise Line said the company has “zero tolerance for this type of unacceptable behavior. When we became aware of the allegation, it was reported to law enforcement and the crew member was removed from duty permanently,” spokeswoman Kim Prunty said in a statement.
The Miami Herald article dug into the police report which notes Lovatt was employed working with children at the Oceaneer Lab, a secured space for kids 3-12, aboard the Disney Magic. Detectives allege during an April cruise, Lovatt blindfolded a 10-year-old boy and spun him around several times as part of a game. It was at that time he fondled the victim’s genitals outside of the clothing. The boy report that later in the cruise, Lovatt sat next to him while he was playing a game building a house of cards. As Lovatt moved his hand towards him, the boy covered his genitals, fearing he’d be fondled again. “The defendant proceed to place his hand over the victim’s hand, attempting to fondle his genitals again,” according to an arrest report by Miami-Dade Detective David Suarez reviewed my The Miami Herald.
The incident was captured by the Disney Magic’s surveillance cameras, police said, and Lovatt “confessed to fondling” the boy.
UPDATE: November 1, 2019 – Former Disney cruise ship employee accused of molesting boy rejects plea deal.
Prosecutors offered to reduce the charges to misdemeanor battery with credit for time served.
“Do you wish to accept that offer at this time?” Miami-Dade County Judge Andrea Wolfson asked Lovatt in court.
“No, your honor, I do not,” Lovatt replied.ABC Local News 10
UPDATE: November 4, 2019 – Charges dropped against Disney Cruise ‘youth host’ Oliver Lovatt
On Monday November 4, 2019, Miami-Date prosecutors dropped charges against Oliver Lovatt. Lovatt had been jailed since his arrest in May. Lovatt’s trial on charges of lewd and lascivious battery had been scheduled to start on the 4th.
According to the report by the Miami Herald who reviewed a memo by Assistant State Attorney Charlie Heinemann, the case against Lovatt fell apart following a mid-October deposition. The boy returned to Florida for the deposition and stated the contact was less a grab than a “touch that lasted approximately one second” – and he couldn’t be sure it was intentional. The same closeout memo said the charges were dropped in part because the alleged victim’s parents thought it would be a difficult process to to travel to Miami and having their child testify