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Disney Cruise Line Failed to Report Child Molestation for Hours (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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An 11-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a Disney Cruise Line worker on board the ship at Port Canaveral, Florida before the boat set sail on August 5, 2012.

However, Florida police were not notified by Disney Cruise Line until August 6, after the ship had set sail to the Bahamas, reports Local 6 News.

A surveillance video (below) of the alleged molestation shows Disney Cruise Line employee Milton Braganza (pictured) getting into a ship elevator with the unidentified girl.

Braganza, who is from India, allegedly fondled the girl's breasts and forcibly kissed her. However, his back is to turned toward the surveillance camera and it blocks a view of the girl.

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Minutes later, the girl, her grandmother and her sister reported the alleged crime to customer service.

According to the Daily Mail, ship security officers investigated an "inappropriate sexual act" at 3:22 p.m. By 4:40 p.m. the dining room manager identified the man in the video as Braganza.

Even though security officers knew they had a possible child molester on board, the ship set sail at 5:02 p.m. Braganza was not questioned by security officers until 7:50 p.m.

Port Canaveral, Florida police were informed of the incident the next day, August 6, but would have had jurisdiction had they been told of the incident on August 5 because the ship was docked 1,000 feet from shore.

Braganza admitted to Bahamian police on August 7 in Nassau: "I touched her on her right breast with my left hand," according to the police report.

Amazingly, the girl's grandmother told Bahamian police that she did not want the crime investigated any further.

Bahamian police freed Braganza and Disney Cruise Line paid for his airfare back to India.

A spokesman for Disney Cruise Line claimed the ship "took proper action" and claimed  cruise line officials did not know an alleged crime happened until after the ship had left Florida.

Sources: Daily Mail and Local 6 News