A former executive for Walt Disney was sentenced to seven years in prison for child rape. Michael Laney, 73, who was the Vice President of Walt Disney, was tried on four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and found guilty.
After the sentencing was handed down, Laney’s attorneys pleaded for a suspended sentence, claiming that Laney’s imprisonment would cause suffering to Laney’s wife.
According to Oregon Live, a Dr Blain Crandell submitted a letter on Laney’s behalf. The letter from Laney’s wife’s doctor stated that Laney’s wife “could be expected to suffer serious consequences to her health and well-being” without Laney remaining home to provide the ongoing in-home caregiving she requires.
The district attorney and judge disagreed with the assessment. The Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney, Charles Mickley responded to Dr Crandell’s request as “peculiarly offensive and insulting.”
Laney, as a former media mogul with the Walt Disney enterprise, was noted to have employed convicted pedophiles and situate them where they had access to children. Laney, in the sentencing, was found guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing and raping a 7-year-old girl in the first degree.