Jury selection began Monday for the Disney executive who was charged last year with sexual abuse after allegedly assaulting two children over six years.
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Jonathan Blake Heely, 58, of Saugus, was charged in December 2017 by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office with three felony counts of lewd acts with a child.
Jury selection is expected to last through at least Tuesday as lawyers for both the prosecution and the defense questions prospective jurors. Several were dismissed Monday by a judge during the first day of questioning, which focused on whether any potential jurors had been victims or were close with victims of sexual abuse.
After a panel of 12 is selected, Heely will fight the charges in court.
Heely is alleged to have “willfully, unlawfully, and lewdly commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body and certain parts and members thereof (Victim 1), a child under the age of fourteen years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions and sexual desires of the said defendant and the said child,” according to court documents.
The earliest of these incidents allegedly took place more than a decade ago.
Heely allegedly abused Victim 1 “on or between June, 2006 and June, 2010,” according to the criminal complaint.
Additionally, the charges detail another child, Victim 2, who was also “willfully, unlawfully and lewdly” acted upon by Heely.
Victim 2 was acted upon even earlier than Victim 1 according to the criminal complaint, with the alleged incidents occurring during a period from August 2004 to August 2005.
A Disney spokesman said the company suspended Heely after being informed of the charges when they were first reported by Variety.
Booking records indicate that Heely was released on $150,000 bail in December 2017.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to email@example.com.
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