CRIME

Disneyland Employee Allegedly Tried To Trade Tickets For Sex With Minor

Hotel dishwasher "was immediately relieved of his duties"

A Disney employee who worked at one of the company's hotels at the Disneyland Resort was charged on Monday with trying to trade theme park tickets for sex with a minor

Darreck Michael Enciso, 27, allegedly posted an ad on Craigslist on July 1 offering Disneyland tickets for sex, according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney's office. 

A undercover officer with the Huntington Beach Police Department replied to the ad, pretending to be a 14-year-old girl who wanted the tickets, the DA said. 

Enciso allegedly arranged a July 9 meeting on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach. He was arrested when he arrived at the location carrying condoms and Disneyland tickets, according to the release. 

“[Enciso] was immediately relieved of his duties as a dishwasher,” spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Huntington Beach Independent.

The website reported that Enciso had worked for Disney for a year.

Disney owns three hotels at the Disneyland Resort, but neither the company nor the DA's office specified which one employed Enciso.  

Enciso was charged with one felony count of attempted lewd act upon a child, one felony count of contacting a child with the intent to commit a specified sex crime and one felony count of meeting a minor with the intent to engage in lewd conduct, according to the DA's office. 

If convicted, he faces up to four years and eight months in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender. 

The Los Angeles Times reported that Enciso is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond, and LAist said he will be arraigned on July 31

The DA's office accused Enciso of posting similar ads offering sex for tickets and said the investigation remains open as they work to identify potential victims. Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Mark Gutierrez at 714-347-8794 or Detective Angela Bennett at 714-536-5960.

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