Man Accused of Sexual Battery on Child for 2001-2002 Walt Disney World Incidents

Katie Francis

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World in 2019

Man Accused of Sexual Battery on Child for 2001-2002 Walt Disney World Incidents

A man was recently arrested for sexual battery on a child under 12 for incidents that took place more than 22 years ago on Walt Disney World vacations.

Man Arrested for Walt Disney World Incidents

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World in 2019

Michael James Geary, 68, was arrested in Arlington County, Virginia, on February 6, 2024, on a felony warrant. Geary was extradited to Orange County Jail on February 21.

His charges include two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12, which are capital felonies in Florida and hold a mandatory minimum life sentence without parole, as well as eligibility for the death penalty. It is unknown if state prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.

Geary is also charged with the felonies of lewd and lascivious molestation, lewd and lascivious exhibition, and lewd and lascivious conduct.

Eight of the alleged incidents took place in 2001 and 2002 on family trips to Walt Disney World. The relationship between Geary and the victim was not disclosed.

Geary’s attorney, Jacob Stuart, claims that because most of the crimes took place in Arlington, they are not within the jurisdiction of Florida.

Geary has pled not guilty. The judge has denied bond on all counts. Geary is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, February 27.

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