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 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)