John William Moyer, 60, was found guilty today in the June groping of a woman in costume at Disneyworld as Minnie Mouse.
Moyer was adamant throughout the trial that he was innocent, but accuser Brittney Duncan McGoldrick insisted that he assaulted her. The Orlando Sentinel described her recollection in the courtroom:
McGoldrick told prosecutors at the Orange County Courthouse on Monday she had pushed Moyer away from her after the incident.
“My first reaction I just pushed him down. I was doing everything I could to get his hands off my breasts.”
Moyer, who has no criminal history (not even a speeding ticket) received a series of punishments for the bizarre crime. He was put under supervised probation for 180 days, sentenced to fifty hours of community service (within four months), he must pay $1,000 in court costs, and if deemed necessary, he must submit to a mental evaluation and related treatment.
Disney officials are glad the case is resolved and that a message has been sent to all who might consider assaulting Disney mascots. They were pleased with the outcome, and said:
“The verdict reinforces the fact that this type of behavior is not acceptable,” said Walt Disney World spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez. Disney officials also banned Moyer from entering any of the company’s resorts, Suarez said.