by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
The disgraced top executive at Disney has been convicted and sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on multiple counts of sexually abusing children.
Portland, OR — A former top level Walt Disney executive was sentenced to prison this month for nearly seven years for child rape. Michael Laney, 73, who was the Vice President of Walt Disney was found guilty of four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and sentenced to 81 months in prison.
After the sentencing, Laney’s attorneys pleaded with the judge to suspend the sentence, claiming that Laney’s wife would suffer if her husband goes to jail.
According to Oregon Live, Laney’s wife’s doctor, Blain Crandell, submitted a letter on Laney’s behalf, saying his wife “could be expected to suffer serious consequences to her health and well-being” without an in-home caregiver, a role her husband had been filling.
Thankfully, the judge and district attorney did not see it that way. In response to this request, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Charles Mickley called the claims “peculiarly offensive and insulting.”
“Defendant wholly ignores the compelling evidence of his guilt presented at trial, including the evidence of his longstanding sexual interest in children,” Mickley wrote.
Laney will also have to serve an additional 120 months of probation after prison, pay a $4,000 fine, and register as a sex offender.
According to WTKR:
EVIDENCE PRESENTED DURING TRIAL SHOWED THAT IN MARCH 2017, A YOUNG GIRL DISCLOSED SHE HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED BY THE LANEY. THE DISCLOSURE WAS FIRST REPORTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IN WASHINGTON STATE WHERE THE VICTIM LIVED AT THE TIME OF HER DISCLOSURE.
THE PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU ASSUMED THE INVESTIGATION AFTER IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE ABUSE HAD OCCURRED IN PORTLAND STARTING IN APPROXIMATELY 2009 WHEN THE VICTIM WAS ABOUT 7 YEARS OLD, THE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAID.
THE COURT FOUND SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO PROVE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT LANEY WAS GUILTY OF REPEATED SEXUAL ABUSE INVOLVING THE GIRL.
WHILE CONDUCTING THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THE FIRST REPORTED DISCLOSURE OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY THE DEFENDANT, PPB DETECTIVES LEARNED OF OTHER ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE INVOLVING LANEY.
While this news may seem shocking, the only really shocking aspect is the fact Laney is no longer with Disney and is actually going to jail. The media giant has been known to not only employ convicted child sex offenders, but also place them in situations where they have access to children.
As TFTP reported in December, a 48-year-old Disney Channel actor was arrested in Utah after he was allegedly caught trying to lure a 13-year-old boy for sex. Stoney Westmoreland starred as the grandfather, Henry “Ham” Mack on the Disney children’s series “Andy Mack”—a story about a young girl who is coming to age.