Disney World Security Guard Charged with Possessing Child Porn

Normally, I don’t write about various criminal issues that happen from time to time among Walt Disney World’s personnel. There are over 60,000 cast members and it would be impossible to pre-screen out all the bad eggs. But for certain positions, I believe Disney should hold a stronger light.

One of these positions is the security guard. You see them everywhere, they’re the first person you turn to if your lost, feel unsafe, or need help. Since 9/11 they’ve also been handling every bag that enters a theme park. It’s a elevated position of responsibility for sure.

To help fill these important roles, Disney has taken to hiring ex-military or ex-police to the position. That was the case today when a security guard was charged with possessing child pornography. From the news story it sounds like the whole family works in the theme park business and other members of the family were surprised about the arrest. I’m not sure there was anything Disney could do catch this offender in any legal prescreening.

But I can’t help feel a little let down by this arrest too. Disney World isn’t Fort Knox, but it does contain something more precious – the children of families from around the world. News like this is not good for the resort. I know I won’t be the only one who feels like I can’t necessarily trust a security guard with my child or trust them to honestly screen my bag at the front gate (although that bit of security theater is so not necessary).

I’d hope that Disney decides to do what it takes to afford a security corps we can trust. If that means paying them more, training them more, psychological screening, whatever. Once is too much, they need to elevate so that this does not happen again.

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