A former Walt Disney Company Vice President, Michael Laney was sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl following a child abuse investigation.
According to court documents, Laney, 73, began abusing the victim in 2009, when she was about 7-years-old, and there were multiple incidents of abuse spanning about two years.
Judge Benjamin Souede had previously acquitted Laney of three counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sex abuse, bit now Laney will serve 81 months for four counts of first-degree child sexual abuse.
Michael Laney attempted to wriggle out of the prison sentence by claiming that his wife is too sick to be left alone.
Laney’s attorneys cited some of Laney’s personal circumstances, noting that he is the caretaker for his wife, who has Parkinson’s disease.
Laney’s attorneys, Stephen Houze and Jacob Houze, asked the court to postpone enforcing any part of his sentence that would send him into custody while Laney appealed part of the sentence.
In a supporting statement, Jacob Houze said the claims against Laney were contradictory and inconsistent, and that there was no physical evidence.
Laney’s wife’s doctor, Blain Crandell, submitted a letter on Laney’s behalf, saying his wife “could be expected to suffer serious consequences to her health and well-being” without an in-home caregiver, a role her husband had been filling.
News Punch / ABC Flash Point News 2019.