Indian arrested for groping teens, women in Disney’s Florida water park
Aman Bhatia, was in the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon and as the waves crashed over, one of the six victims said she felt his hands touching her body.world Updated: Jul 06, 2016 19:50 IST
A 27-year-old Indian was arrested for allegedly groping six people, most of them girls, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park in the US state of Florida, police said on Wednesday.
Aman Bhatia, was in the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon and as the waves crashed over, one of the six victims said she felt his hands touching her body.
Another victim says she was in the wave pool when Bhatia grabbed her waist from behind. She was able to break loose from his grasp, but he grabbed her again, WFTV.com reported.
One woman told Orange County sheriff’s deputies that on July 3, she was in the wave pool with her children. As the waves crashed, she said Bhatia ran his hands over her stomach and breasts, deputies said.
Another teen told deputies she was in the wave pool with her friends when Bhatia grabbed her buttocks. Once she got out of the pool, the teen said she saw Bhatia touch one of her friends when a wave crashed into them.
According to the arrest affidavit, several adults and a lifeguard confronted Bhatia and then deputies arrived.
The group then complained about the incident. In all, six people reported similar incidents involving Bhatia, deputies said.
During questioning, Bhatia said he broke his glasses in the wave pool, deputies said.
Bhatia said he bumped into several people in the wave pool and would apologise, but that he never intentionally touched the teens.
Bhatia has been charged with four counts of lewd lascivious molestation on a child over 12-years-old, but under the age of 16, as well as two counts of battery.
Bhatia currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but is an Indian citizen, the report said.
Disney has also banned him from all of Disney’s parks in Florida for life.
First Published: Jul 06, 2016 19:50 IST