Disney Cruise Line Employee Arrested For Molesting 13-Year-Old Passenger

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Disney Cruise line worker was arrested by Port Canaveral police in Florida after he was accused of molesting a 13-year-old passenger.

Ahmed Sofyan, 36, a Disney Cruise Line steward was charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of false imprisonment, WKMG reported.

Sofyan, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, has since been terminated by Disney Cruise Line.

Police say they were called to Charles M. Rowland Drive just after 8 a.m. Thursday by Disney Cruise Lines regarding a molestation claim made while it was docked in Port Canaveral.

The 13-year-old victim did not know Sofyan. She told authorities that he lured her to an unoccupied cabin and touched her against her will.

She says she tried to leave several times, but he restrained her. He finally let her go when she told him her parents would be looking for her.

Sofyan admitted his behavior was wrong and said he knew the girl was only 13, according to police.

He was transported to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Jail.

"We have no tolerance whatsoever for the behavior alleged in this incident," Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, said in a release. "We are sorry that anything of this nature could have occurred on one of our ships. We place enormous value on the trust our guests have in us, and nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of each and every one of our guests."

The cruise line reported this incident immediately to Port Canaveral police, as well as the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard, unlike an August 2012 incident when an employee was caught on camera molesting an 11-year-old in a ship's elevator.

Disney Cruise Line did not immediately report the incident to police and the girl’s family declined to press charges. It then allowed the employee, Milton Braganza, to fly home to India.

Sources: WKMG