by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:
Somehow, I don’t think this was Walt Disney‘s vision of “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
Disney executive Jon Heely, was suspended without pay by Disney following his arrest on felony child sex abuse charges.
Heely, 58, of Santa Clarita, is accused of sexually abusing two underage girls approximately a decade ago. He allegedly victimized the first girl when she was 15. According to the charges, he began abusing the second when she was about 11 years old and continued until she was 15.
In a statement, a Disney spokesman said the company suspended Heely late on Friday, after being informed of the charges.
“Immediately upon learning of this situation tonight, he has been suspended without pay until the matter is resolved by the courts,” the spokesman said.
Heely was arrested on Nov. 16 by deputies from the Santa Clarita station of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Booking records indicate he was later released on $150,000 bail.
On Wednesday, prosecutors charged him with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. Heely pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at the San Fernando courthouse on Thursday. He is due back in court on Jan. 10. If convicted, he faces up to nine years and three months in prison.
“He vehemently denies these allegations and we will be fighting until the end to clear his name,” Heely’s attorney, Robert Helfend said, denying all the charges against him. “It’s a shame, that’s all I’ve got to say.”
Heely, who has been with Disney since 1981, and oversees licensing of music from Disney films, produced a series of Disney concerts around the world.
Interestingly, his Twitter bio reads, “Disney Concerts and living to glorify God in all things.”
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