After a 33 year-old Disney waiter molested an 11 year-old girl aboard the Disney Dream at the port of Cape Canaveral, the cruise ship’s staff captain ordered a security officer not to contact local U.S. police officers or the FBI. 

That’s what former Disney security officer Dawn Taplin told Orlando news station WKMG Local 6 in an interview which aired last night. WKMG reporter Mike DeForest conducted the interview.  

The Dream then left the U.S. port and sailed to Nassau where Disney flew the pervert back to his home in India.

According to the WKMG interview, Officer Taplin previously worked for the Palm Bay Police Department and Port Canaveral Police. Disney Cruise Child MolestationDisney recruited her to work for the family-oriented cruise line as a Security Officer. She was responsible for supervising 8 or 9 security guards. She was the first female security officer at Disney. 

In 2012 Officer Taplin was involved in the investigation of a child molestation case on the Disney Dream. An upset, crying 11 year-old girl told her that a 33 year-old Disney waiter followed her into an elevator and grabbed her breast and kissed her on the mouth. Officer Taplin reviewed surveillance video that confirmed the incident and wanted to call Port Canaveral police or her longtime contact with the FBI in Brevard County. However, Officer Taplin says that the cruise ship’s staff captain ordered her not to report the crime. 

WKMG reported that the Disney Dream left Port Canaveral promptly at 5:02 p.m. with the victim and the molestation suspect still on board.

Officer Taplin told WKMG that "Disney waits on passengers’ luggage . . . not setting sail on time. I remember waiting until 6:30 one time on somebody’s luggage."

The Disney staff captain was not identified in the interview.  it will be interesting to determine his identity and find out whether he is still working on Disney cruise ships. It will also be interesting to learn whether the staff captain contacted Disney’s shore-side risk management department about the crime before the cruise ship left the jurisdiction and determine whether the quick departure was approved by Disney’s corporate management. Disney was quoted, when WKMG exposed the cover-up, saying that the ship handled the case properly. 

Image and video credit:  WKMG Local 6 (Orlando)

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  • Laurie

    This is the kind of thing that puts me off about DISNEY they are so afraid to have their name put in front of the camera that they would, and did sweep this under the RUG.. I find that to be unexceptionable for the Disney Company. They cater to CHILDREN and therefore need to act responsible for their crew and their ACTIONS..

  • Prince Lenord

    The Disney staff captain was not identified in the interview. I guess it should be Daniel Aschero Staff Captain, Ha ha ha ha it will be interesting to determine his identity and find out whether he is still working on Disney cruise ships. It will also be interesting to learn whether the staff captain contacted Disney’s shore-side risk management department about the crime before the cruise ship left the jurisdiction and determine whether the quick departure was approved by Disney’s corporate management.
    There are plenty more incidents on the ships committed by the so called Disney leaders on the crew members but it cannot be identified b’coz of Corporate Management. I know this guy he was dating the Ship Nurse.

  • Prince Lenord

    I know Dawn Taplin, I am not sure if she is still with DCL Officer Taplin reviewed surveillance video that confirmed the incident and wanted to call Port Canaveral police or her longtime contact with the FBI in Brevard County. However, Officer Taplin says that the cruise ship’s staff captain ordered her not to report the crime.
    The mistake she made is by not reporting to the Port Canaveral Police because of the instructions given to her the Staff Captain I guess it should be Daniel Aschero for sure he should be still on aboard because he fixed Dawn Taplin to save his job. The DCL should fire this staff captain for giving instructions for not to inform the Cape Canaveral Police. I know Mark Security Officer as well a gentlemen gem and Richard as well a very nice English man.

  • Don Sayman

    We have completed 56 cruises with Disney. 24 on thr Dream, so it would no too difficult. To believe we have considerable knowledge about this matter. Several very important items are missing. First language. The 11year old girl was Brazilian of course so was the grandmother. Yes go ahead and scoff. This is very important. Translation means nothing to the Disney haters. Why was nothing said ever about this. An 11 year old. Lost on a strange ship. A person try’s to help and wow. I do not kow why I waste my time all believe Disney stinks. We’ll go on Carvival or. RCl. Sorry folks. We know most of these people and believe. A lot is wrong. Enough said. We still sail 3x a week. Full.

  • Don:

    You have to be kidding.

    The girl was not “lost.” She walked from the dining room to the elevator, heading to her cabin.

    The pervert Disney waiter followed her from the dining room and entered the elevator to molest her.

    The girl spoke English, so did the grandmother. She told the security officer exactly what happened.

    The perpetrator eventually confessed.

    See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

  • Don Sayman

    Jim you are one of my favorites. please let me ask you one question. how do you know all this?

  • Eric Rappe’

    Wow. some people are so under the spell of the cruise lines lies that they will say anything to defend them. I love disney. I hate lies and child molesters. Guy was seen on camera doing it, and still you say that translation was the issue? How do you improperly translate video evidence? At least video evidence that has been released before the cruise lines tamper with it…

  • Don Sayman

    Jim my wife says I must stop this she is afraid I might be upsetting you if so I am sorry. like she says I am a trouble maker. I really agree with you about 99% of the time. like anyone cares. keep up the good work. Don

  • Don Sayman

    Jim amen

  • Jane

    Don, u r just ridiculous, why u saying that the child was Brazilian off course, what u mean with this??? Stupid imbecil , it’s what u r!

  • Stir Fry

    Disney = child brainwashing

    There is so much darkness surrounding the Disney empire. I cannot believe parents buy in to their ridiculous nonsense. Parents – do yourself a favor and research this organization. You will not like what you find. Only for those that are awake and have eyes to see. As for the rest, go Disney and go back to sleep.

  • Don Sayman

    Jane my wife orders me to forgive ignorant people like you. ok I will. if you take the time it is very easy to ascertain the young lady was from Brazil, from your typing it is very easy to see you are not interested in facts, only your opinion. good luck in life you will need it. God Bless (imbecile one step above idiot) thanks. Don