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A 29-year-old who worked as Captain America at Universal Studios Orlando faces a felony charge after police say he sent sexually explicit text messages and photos to a 16-year-old girl he met at the theme park.
James Weldon Alton allegedly began a friendship with the girl after he commented about a photo she posted online of the two of them taken at Universal Orlando. According to the arrest affidavit (via The Smoking Gun), Alton said he exchanged phone numbers with the teen, and the two began texting. During the next two weeks, those conversations “turned explicit,” with Alton allegedly sending photos of his penis.
According to police, the girl’s father called authorities after learning about the texts and photos, and discovering that Alton had set up a “possible date” with her at the mall. Alton was charged with transmitting harmful material to a minor with an electronic device and booked Thursday at the Orange County Jail. He was subsequently released on bail.
Police say the explicit photos — eight to 10 in all — were sent after Alton learned the girl was 16. Alton reportedly told investigators he knew the teen was too young, but he “chose to disregard this because at times he thought it was a joke or that it was all merely an online flirtatious relationship.” He also allegedly acknowledged “poor judgment on his part.”
A spokesman for Universal Orlando, where Alton has worked since 2010, told the Orlando Sentinel he’s been fired.