A worker at Walt Disney World in Florida has been charged with attempting to plan a sexual encounter with an 8-year-old girl, federal authorities announced Thursday.
Frederick M. Pohl, of Clermont, Florida, was charged with transferring obscene materials to a minor and attempting to entice a minor, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said in a statement.
Pohl, 40, is accused of chatting with the girl online several times in order to arrange the encounter. He reportedly thought he was talking to both the child and her father; it turns out, however, that Pohl was actually chatting with an undercover federal agent, the attorney’s office said.
Pohl allegedly forwarded explicit photos of himself while making plans to link up with the kid at a hotel in Orlando. But when he got to the hotel, Pohl, who authorities say brought with him condoms and a child-size pink dress, was swiftly arrested.
The suspect worked at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando, according to NBC News, though it’s not known what exactly he did at the theme park.
Pohl faces life in prison if convicted, according to local news outlet WSVN.
In November, Michael Todd Pegram, another former Walt Disney World employee, was indicted on charges he sexually abused eight boys from Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the 1990s and early 2000s, according to the Winston-Salem Journal newspaper.
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