Man convicted of groping Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World

Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 5:26 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A jury this morning found John William Moyer guilty of groping of a woman playing Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World. Moyer, 60, of Pennsylvania, was convicted of misdemeanor battery for the June incident this morning. According to the sentence, Moyer has to write a letter of apology to the victim, Brittney Duncan McGoldrick. He also is under supervised probation for 180 days, must complete 50 hours of community service within four months, pay $1,000 in court costs and submit to a mental evaluation with treatment, if necessary. He says he's innocent.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 6:19 PM

Minnie? Really? I met Alice and Snow White and I thought they were much hotter.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 6:38 PM

Give me the Little Mermaid over Minnie... She's like 80 yrs old for crying out loud...

;)

Whatta week, from people wanting to marry roller coasters to Minnie getting fondled leading to court convictions... What is this world coming to?

Last edited by FLYINGSCOOTER, Tuesday, August 11, 2009 6:39 PM
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 8:01 PM

The guys must've been either a furry fanatic or REALLY desprit for some tail & ears. ;)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:00 PM

I pity the fool once Tigger finds out this guy was trying to move in on his girl.

So the perv who gropes a giant mouse at WDW gets a harsher sentence than the gang members who almost beat a father to death at Valleyfair. Gotta love the justice system...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:47 PM

Boy, is mickey going to be pissed.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:50 PM

The guy lives in a town 6 miles from where I live! It's always nice to see local towns mentioned in national news stories. At least it didn't happen while trapped on a coaster 80 feet above the ground.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 8:44 AM

You must be proud of your locals, RGB!

I'm a pretty big Disney fanatic but can't ever remember Minnie doing anything for me.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 9:21 AM

It's unfortunate this story is being told in such a silly way. The woman who was actually touched inappropriately is real and not a character. People shouldn't have to deal with being molested at work (or anywhere else obviously.)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:02 AM

Carrie M. said:
It's unfortunate this story is being told in such a silly way. The woman who was actually touched inappropriately is real and not a character. People shouldn't have to deal with being molested at work (or anywhere else obviously.)

Ditto, the prev should have paid her some money for any theraphy and workers comp she might have needed.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 11:03 AM

Carrie M. said:


People shouldn't have to deal with being molested at work (or anywhere else obviously.)

I've worked as a seasonal haunt actor for many years (both in volunteer and paid situations), and it is a pretty regular occurrence to be groped. You're right.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 6:37 PM

The difference was you enjoyed it.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 9:59 PM

Im not 100% how Disney is, but for Sesame Characters at Busch, its not uncommon for the Male Character to have a female person inside and vice versa.

While in any case its unacceptable, this guy took a slight chance that he could have been groping a male inside. Course if your a perv and plan on committing yourself to doing such indiscretions I guess it doesn't matter who is inside.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:18 PM

RatherGoodBear, a fellow Skook?Pottsville here.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:55 PM

Mickey and Minnie, being shorter characters are usually girls. You have to be less then 4.5 feet to fit in Mickey.

That said, Tink flying over the castle to start the fireworks might be a guy, as they need someone who is rather tall to have the scale work.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 11:31 PM

You mean Tinkerbill.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009 4:38 AM

Good one Dave. I think that I deserved that.

But I didn't. That's why I said that she was right.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:38 AM

LostKause said:

I've worked as a seasonal haunt actor for many years (both in volunteer and paid situations), and it is a pretty regular occurrence to be groped. You're right.

I've also had many years of experience in the haunt gigs, and yah, it is a very regular occurrence. Generally it's just someone grabbing your ass when they pass you (happens to guys and girls) but sometimes the girls can get it much worse. I've had at least a handful of females who have wanted costumes that could conceal their sex just so it wasn't so much of an issue. What has to be going through people's minds to make them think that a person in a costume can be treated differently than any other person? I've never been able to figure that one out.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009 9:54 PM

It's for the same reason that people will say things to you over the phone that they would never say to you in person. (Which my many years in the world of customer service has proven) The person in the costume or on the phone becomes invisible, and people often feel emboldened to take liberties that they wouldn't dare to otherwise. This guy was being a jerk, or maybe thought he was being funny, and completely disregarded the fact that there was a human female involved.

I led this conversation off with a crass joke, and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to you, Carrie, and anyone else that took offense. I guess the wrong part of my brain lept up and spoke first. (This, as you can probably imagine, would not be the first time) The woman involved had every right to expect that her personal space would not be violated - that sort of contact is most certainly not part of her job. Once again, very sorry.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009 10:53 PM

Thanks for such a nice message, RCMAC. No offense was taken

The article presented the situation in a silly way, so the jokes just followed from there. That, and I think they flowed over from the "woman marries ride" thread. :)

I just wanted to offer the reality check that the situation was a little different than how it was being portrayed.

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