A Disneyland worker accused of sexually assaulting a then-11-year-old girl and possessing child pornography pleaded not guilty Monday, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Bryan William Anast, 45, was arrested June 21 at Disneyland on suspicion he sexually assaulted a female relative between Nov. 2, 1997, and Nov. 1, 2000, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the OC District Attorney's Office.
Anast worked at the theme park as a machinist fixing rides.
The Corona resident is 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.
The victim, who is now in her early 20s, first reported the alleged abuse in May, Emami said.
Authorities say Anast sexually assaulted the victim on at least four occasions in three locations including Yosemite, Garden Grove and Stanton.
A search of Anast’s Corona home on June 20 uncovered several videos of child pornography on a hard drive that belongs to Anast, OC DA officials said. He was arrested the following day.
If convicted on all counts, Anast faces a maximum sentence of 63 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.
He is expected to appear in court July 2 for a pretrial hearing and is being held on $1 million bail.
Authorities are asking anyone with additional information or who believes they may have been a victim to call Supervising District Attorney Investigator Paul Carvo at (714) 347-8794.
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