Thursday, August 05, 2004

Thank God for Our Justice System!

'Tigger' Acquitted of Fondling Teen

A Walt Disney World worker in Orlando, Fla. has been acquitted of charges he fondled a teenage girl as he portrayed the character "Tigger."

Michael Chartrand says he wants to return to work now that he's been found innocent, but not as another Walt Disney character. The "Tigger" character comes from Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" movie.

During Wednesday's trial, Chartrand's defense attorney Jeffrey Kaufman - who also moonlights as Tigger and Goofy at the theme park - donned a Tigger costume to show juroros how cumbersome it is and how hard it is to see in it.

Outside of court, Chartrand, 36, who is from England and lost his fiancee and had been suspended without pay after his arrest, said he'd like his job back, but that the experience "has ruined my dream to be a character."

Jurors found Chartrand not guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation, a felony; he had faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

He had been accused of fondling a 13-year-old girl while posing for a picture with her and her mother.

Earlier this week he had rejected a plea offer that would have given him probation.

Kaufman has contended that the girl's mother was merely after money and planned to sue Disney.

The mother also claimed Tigger touched her breast during a visit to the park last February, though no charges were filed then.  

That's Right. Another pure example of another money hungry idiot trying to make a buck while exploiting a minority. I mean, isn't the wonderful thing about being a Tigger was the fact that he was the only one, which, like, makes him the minority, right?


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