WESTMINSTER (CBSLA.com) — A Disneyland employee charged with sexually assaulting a female relative plead not guilty in court Monday.
Bryan William Anast, 45, of Corona, has been charged with four felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography and a sentencing enhancement allegation for forcible sex crimes, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Anast is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old female relative four times in three different locations including Yosemite, Garden Grove and Stanton from Nov. 2, 1997, to Nov. 1, 2000, according to authorities.
The relative reported the incidents to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in May, officials said. Anast was arrested on June 20 at Disneyland, where he works as a machinist fixing rides.
A Disneyland spokesperson said at no time did Anast have any contact with park visitors, including children.
During a subsequent investigation at Anast’s home, investigators found several videos of child pornography on a computer data storage device.
If convicted on all counts, Anast faces a maximum sentence of 63 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.
Anyone with information about the suspect or possible additional victims is asked to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at (714)347-8794.
This is the second Disneyland employee to be arrested this year; Christian Barnes, 22, was taken into custody in May in connection with two dry-ice explosions that took place at the park earlier that month.