The Facts: Michael Laney, the 73 year old ex Vice President of the Walt Disney Corporation has been jailed for sexually abusing a 7-year old girl, while being accused of multiple other rape and sexual abuse cases.
Reflect On: Why is it so hard to find any media coverage of this? Is it because Disney owns many mainstream media outlets and has a close relationship with others? Is it because they old tremendous amounts of power in the media world?
A document obtained from the Multnomah Country District Attorney showed that on May 7th of this year, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Souede found 73-year-old Michael Laney guilty of four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. Souede also acquitted Laney of three counts of rape in the first degree and three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.
His trial lasted 6 days, during which the state presented ample evidence showing that a minor female child disclosed that she had been sexually abused by Laney. The document also states that Laney “was a former vice president for the Walt Disney Company.” Initially, the disclosure of the abuse was reported in Washington State, and that’s probably why the Seattle Times picked up on this story, as it didn’t make headlines on many other platforms.
The document goes on to read:
The Portland Police Bureau’s Child Abuse Team was notified and assumed responsibility of the investigation after it was determined that the abuse had occurred within the City of Portland, starting in approximately 2009 when the victim was about seven years of age. The Court found sufficient evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Laney was guilty of repeated sexual abuse involving this particular victim.
While the PPB investigated this particular case, they also learned of other allegations of sexual abuse involving Laney. This wasn’t the first time, but the court found that there was not sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Laney was guilty of those other allegations.
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