Walt Disney World Employee Tried To Arrange Sex With 8-Year-Old Girl: DOJ

A Walt Disney World employee has been arrested for allegedly trying to set up a sexual encounter with an 8-year-old girl.

Authorities arrested Frederick M. Pohl, 40, on Tuesday and charged him with transferring obscene materials to a minor and attempting to entice a minor, according to a release by the Department of Justice. 

If convicted, Pohl could face life in federal prison.

Authorities say he engaged in a series of online chats as he sought to arrange the sexual rendezvous. According to the criminal complaint, Pohl believed he was chatting with the child and her father. In reality, he was actually talking with an undercover federal agent.

After sending explicit photos of himself to the agent, Pohl went to a hotel in Orlando, Florida, expecting to meet the child. He was arrested upon arrival and authorities said he was carrying condoms and a child-sized pink dress.

WTSP-TV reports that Pohl was employed at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World. One of his duties was to help secure lap bars on guests going on rides.

HuffPost reached out to Walt Disney World, which did not immediately respond.

Department of Homeland Security investigators told the station Pohl had been investigated in 2007 for “attempted exploitation of minor children.”

Pohl is not the first park employee to be accused of inappropriate sexual activity with children. Rodger Catey, a Walt Disney World employee who worked in the costume department, was one of 11 people arrested last June in a child porn sting that resulted in at least 660 felony charges being filed, according to the Daily Beast.

In 2014, an investigation revealed at least 35 Disney employees in and around Florida had been arrested and accused of sex crimes involving children since 2006.

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No. 10 Florida, 86.5

In an effort to better protect exploited minors, Google, the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls) and the McCain Institute launched the “No Such Thing” campaign last January to urge authorities to stop criminalizing children who are victims of sex trafficking. Since by federal law anyone under 18 who performs a commercial sex act in exchange for compensation is a victim of trafficking, they shouldn’t, by definition, be able to be charged as prostitutes.

In Florida, sexually exploited minors are deemed victims of sex trafficking. and the law notes that “a minor is unable to consent to such behavior.”

No. 9 Oklahoma, 87

Oklahoma climbed from a “C” to a “B” grade and is working to go after all parties involved in child sex trafficking.

Assisting, enabling or benefiting financially from the crime are included as criminal offenses in the state sex trafficking statute.

No. 8 Illinois, 87

Illinois has also ramped up its efforts in protecting exploited children by deeming them “immune” from being prosecuted for prostitution. After an officer identifies a child victim, he’s then expected to connect with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services State Central Register, which is responsible for launching an initial investigation into child abuse or child neglect within 24 hours.

No. 7 Iowa, 87.5

A major flaw in the justice system is that the buyers who demand sex from minors often remain nameless and faceless and aren’t arrested at all.

Iowa is working to combat that issue by classifying anyone who solicits sexual services from a minor as guilty of a class “C” felony. A first conviction is punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

No. 5 Texas, 90.5

Texas is now coming down particularly hard on people who knowingly or unknowingly solicit sex from children.

Engaging in prostitution is treated as a felony of the second degree if the person solicited is younger than 18 years of age, regardless of whether the offender knew the victim’s age at the time the crime was committed.

The charge carries a sentence of five to 99 years and a fine of up to $100,000.

No. 4 Montana, 90.5

The stringency of Montana’s child sex trafficking laws enabled the state to jump from a “D” to “A" this year.

Montana doesn’t allow offenders to claim they believed the child was an adult as a defense. The punishment carries imprisonment for a term of 100 years, a fine of up to $50,000 and requires offenders to complete a sexual offender treatment program.

No. 2 Tennessee, 93.5

In Tennessee, soliciting sex from a minor is punishable as “trafficking for commercial sex acts” and comes with either a Class A or B felony charge. A Class A felony carries imprisonment from 15 to 60 years and a fine of up to $50,000. A Class B felony is punishable by imprisonment for eight to 30 years and a possible fine of up to $25,000.

Offenders who attempt to solicit minors over the Internet would constitute violating a number of offenses, including rape of a child, trafficking for commercial sex acts and aggravated sexual battery.

No. 1 Louisiana, 99.5

Commercial sexual exploitation of children laws make specific types of exploitation of a minor a criminal act. 

A number of states, including Louisiana, employ CSEC laws when it comes to child sex trafficking cases, which is a "better" method of identifying victims and addressing these offenses, according to Shared Hope.

An offender in Louisiana who exploits a minor under 18 faces imprisonment at “hard labor” of 15 to 50 years and a fine of up to $50,000. If the victim is younger than 14, the sentence is between 25 and 50 years and carries up to a $75,000 fine.

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