Several weeks ago we blogged about a former Disney Cruise Line worker who was arrested and charged with sexually molesting a 10-year-old boy who was in his care while he worked on the ship. At a court hearing on Friday, the alleged perpetrator rejected a plea deal, setting up a potential court battle with high stakes.
Local10.com reports that Oliver Lovatt was arrested in April on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child after he was accused of touching the victim’s private parts, through his clothes. The alleged incident occurred while Lovatt was facilitating a children’s’ game aboard the ship.
Prosecutors offered Lovatt a deal in which the charge would be reduced to misdemeanor battery and which would grant Lovatt credit for time served. When Miami-Dade County Judge Andrea Wolfson asked Lovatt “Do you wish to accept that offer at this time?” he responded, “No, your honor, I do not.” The next step is a jury trial and jury selection is expected to begin Monday.
If convicted, Lovatt is facing a minimum of 25 years in prison.