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Former Walt Disney World employee pleads guilty to charges of sexually abusing Winston-Salem boys

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A former Walt Disney World employee pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing eight Winston-Salem boys in the 1990s and early 2000s, according to the Forsyth County Clerk of Court.

Michael Todd Pegram, 46, of Bridge Creek Boulevard in Ocoee, Florida, gave his plea to 28 charges.

He was sentenced to 144 months to 182 months followed by another 144 months to 182 months followed by three years. In total, his sentence came to about 27 years to about 33 years.

The indictments alleged that the offenses took place at different times between Jan. 1, 1991, through Dec. 31, 2001. The indictments say that the boys were either under 16 or at least 12, depending on the charge.

Carrie Collins, a spokeswoman with the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, told the Winston-Salem Journal that Pegram worked at the Kernersville Family YMCA in a variety of roles from March 1988 to March 2002, but YMCA officials were not aware of any incidents that occurred at the YMCA or that involved YMCA participants.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested Pegram on Nov. 8, 2017, in front of one of Walt Disney World’s All-Star Resorts, according to a Nov. 29, 2017, article in the Orlando Sentinel. The paper reported that a Disney spokeswoman said the “cast member has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, pending the results of the criminal charges.” That spokeswoman would not tell the Orlando Sentinel what Pegram’s position was or how long he had worked at Disney.

Walt Disney World Communications said in an email that Pegram does not work for Disney. Company officials did not respond immediately to questions about how long Pegram worked at Disney, what position he had and whether Pegram resigned or was fired.

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