An amusement park worker brought condoms and a pink dress to rape an 8-year-old girl in a hotel – but he was instead met by police when he arrived.
Frederick Pohl Jr, 41, was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison on Thursday after he arranged sex with a ‘girl,’ who was actually an undercover agent in Orlando, Florida.
Before he was arrested in May, Pohl worked at Disney World at the Magic Kingdom Park in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, according to his Facebook page. He was responsible for securing lap bars on adults and children who boarded the park’s rides, prosecutors said.
Authorities began investigating Pohl on March 11 after he reached out to who he thought was the father of an eight-year-old girl in an online chatroom. The ‘father’ he believed he was messaging was actually an agent with Homeland Security Investigation.
Early on in their first chat, Pohl said: ‘I like young girls…I would love someone as young as your daughter’s age.’
Investigators said Pohl’s messages quickly became graphic as he described the sex acts he wanted to perform on the ‘girl.’ He soon began making arraignments to meet the ‘father’ and his ‘daughter’ in Detroit, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Pohl also sent sexually graphic messages to the ‘girl’ directly at times when he believed she was behind the keyboard.Nazi death camp survivor turns 100 on Holocaust remembrance day
Authorities said Pohl sent the ‘father’ nude photos of himself to show the ‘daughter’ and claimed to have previously abused children as young as 15.
Despite plans to travel to Michigan, Pohl later claimed he was injured in a car crash and could not make the trip, so the meeting was relocated to May 21 at a Days Inn in Orlando.
Agents watched Pohl as he drove from his home to a Alpha XR store, where he bought condoms, then to a Walmart, where he said he was going to buy a bikini. He instead bought a dress, which he described as a ‘pretty pink dress with hearts on it.’
Pohl was arrested when he arrived at the hotel. He pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to entice a child for sex on August 6.
He is currently being held in Marion County Jail.