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Top Disney exec charged with sexually abusing children

Jon Heely ran one of the biggest empires in showbiz, overseeing all the classic Disney soundtracks. Disney
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Jon Heely, the director of music publishing at Disney, has been charged with three felony counts of child sexual abuse.

Jon Heely, Disney’s head of music publishing, is accused of molesting girls as young as 11.

Heely, 58, of Santa Clarita, northeast of Los Angeles, is accused of sexually abusing two underage girls approximately a decade ago.

He allegedly victimised the first girl when she was 15. According to the charges, he began abusing the second when she was about 11 years old and continued until she was 15.

In a statement, a Disney spokesman said the company suspended Heely after being informed of the charges.

Heely was arrested on November 16 by deputies from the Santa Clarita station of the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Booking records indicate he was later released on $US150,000 ($A210,000) bail.

Heely pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at the San Fernando courthouse. He is due back in court on January 10.