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A “youth host” on a Disney Cruise ship accused of molesting a young boy during a cruise earlier this year is set to go to trial in Miami-Dade later this month, and prosecutors are looking for more alleged victims.
Oliver Lovatt, 24, was arrested in May on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12 after the alleged incident on the Disney Magic, an arrest report said.
Court records showed Lovatt’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 28. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office told the Miami Herald they’re looking for more potential victims.
“We hope if there are any other victims out there, that they contact our office,” the office said in a statement to the paper Friday.
According to the arrest report, Lovatt was working on the ship while it was in international waters near Miami when he allegedly fondled the 10-year-old boy in late April.
The boy had been in the ship’s kids center participating in a game where he was blindfolded and spun around several times when Lovatt allegedly fondled him outside his clothing, the report said. Lovatt also sat next to the boy during another game and tried to fondle him a second time, the report said.
“The victim, in fear the defendant would fondle his penis again, proceeded to cover his genital area,” the report said.
The arrest report said the incidents were captured on security cameras on the cruise ship.
A Disney Cruise Line spokesperson told the Herald they have “zero tolerance for this type of unacceptable behavior” and said Lovatt was removed from duty permanently after the allegation was reported to law enforcement. An attorney for Lovatt declined to comment to the paper.
Lovatt, who has an Orlando address but is listed as a citizen of England in the arrest report, has been held without bond since his arrest, Miami-Dade jail records showed.