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Disney's Beast Cast Member Arrested

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Feb 9, 2007

Local6.com - A Walt Disney World cast member who plays Beast from "Beauty and The Beast" was arrested Thursday on 51 counts of child pornography, according to Local 6 News.

Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested Matthew Wendland, 20, after receiving a tip from one of his roommates at Camden World apartments near the Disney World property.

Authorities picked up Wendland at his work at Disney, where he was dressed as The Beast from Walt Disney World.

Officers then went to his home.

'He gave us consent to search his apartment," Orange County Sheriff's Sgt. Rick Mankewich said. "In his bedroom, in his apartment we located several images of young children posed in pornographic positions."

"(They) found explicit photos of children ages 3 and up," Local 6's Charnel Wright said. "It was shocking, even to investigators."

"It is obviously concerning for anyone downloading pictures like this," Mankewich said. "I've viewed the pictures myself and it is extremely disturbing looking at these."

The 20-year-old did not have a criminal background.

"This guy doesn't have a criminal history," Mankewich said. "You can do all of the check you want and it is not going to show anything. We just lucked out that somebody saw these images in his bedroom, which is locked, and was able to get to us."

Authorities believe Wendland downloaded the images and did not take them himself.

A Disney official said Wendland has been suspended without pay.

Wendland also plays the character Goofy at Walt Disney World.

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I am glad that got him before his sickness got worse, plus in is definitely in the wrong job to have an illness like his.

I don’t think he will go to prison though. IMHO, his first time in trouble and he did not molest any minors, directly, I think they will give him mandatory rehab and a very long probation sentence.

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Life is so unnerving

For a servat who's not serving

He's not whole without a soul to wait upon

Ah, those good old days when we were useful

Suddenly those good old days are gone

Ten years we've been rusting

Needing so much more than dusting

Needing exercise, a chance to use our skills

Most days we just lay around the castle

Flabby, fat and lazy

You walked in and oops-a-daisy!

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It's a guest

It`s a guest

Sakes alive, well I'll be blessed

Wine's been poured and thank the Lord

I've had the napkins freshly pressed

With dessert

She'll want tea

And my dear that's fine with me

While the cups do their soft shoeing

I'll be bubbling, I'll be brewing

I'll get warm

Piping hot

Heaven's sakes! Is that a spot?

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(David Gilmour)

Momma loves her baby, and daddy loves you too.

And the sea may look warm to you babe

And the sky may look blue

But ooooh babe

Ooooh baby blue

Oooooh babe.

(Roger Waters)

If you should go skating

On the thin ice of modern life

Dragging behind you the silent reproach

Of a million tear-stained eyes

Don't be surprised when a crack in the ice

Appears under your feet.

You slip out of your depth and out of your mind

With your fear flowing out behind you

As you claw the thin ice.

(David Gilmour)

Ooooooh, Babe.

Now we are off topic!!!!! Or are we??????????

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Now, read that.

We knew that was where this was headed.

First the love of parents for their child...

Then the verse about a mind going wild...

You slip out of your depth and out of your mind

With your fear flowing out behind you

As you claw the thin ice.

Perhaps it is just me, but to me it seems terribly sad, and terribly on topic.

Some things are just too awful to comprehend directly.

I, for one, am proud of this board for the way we have responded.

And proud, too, of the understanding mods who have let this thread stand...

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No charges to be filed after 'Tigger' complaint

Sarah Lundy | Sentinel Staff Writer

Tigger, the Walt Disney World character, is no longer in the cross-hairs of the State Attorney's Office.

No charges will be filed against 31-year-old Michael J. Fedelem, the employee playing Winnie the Pooh's bouncy friend, the State Attorney's Office announced today.

Prosecutors reviewed the complaint that Tigger punched a 14-year-old during a home-video session at Disney-MGM Studios last month.

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