Disney cruise employee charged with raping a 13-year-old

first_imgA Disney cruises employee has been arrested for raping a young girl multiple times over the course of about 3 years.53-year-old Keith Seitz who works for the for Disney Vacation Club, was arrested on November 25th after the victim told her mother about Seitz’ actions towards her.According to the report, the now 13-year-old told her mother that Seitz would rape her at his home and at one point took photos of her which he said he would use on the cruise.The victim told her mother that Seitz first began molesting her at his home in 2016 when she was 10-years-old. The abuse then escalated to rape when the victim turned 11 and the abuse continued until October of 2019.At the time the incident was brought to authorities, Seitz was said to have been out to sea but was scheduled to return to land the next day. When Seitz arrived, he was taken into custody.Seitz is now facing two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12, two counts of sexual battery on a physically helpless person, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.He was also ordered not to have contact with the victim, or children under 18.Disney has since placed Seitz on unpaid leave.last_img read more

UW coaches provide ‘Miracle on Ice’

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoPerhaps the most overlooked aspect of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s success is its renowned coaching staff. The scorers get to rack up the points, the defenders rack up the blocked shots, the goaltenders rack up the saves and wins. And head coach Mark Johnson, on the other hand, gets to provide quotes in addition to many other responsibilities. Johnson is the man who gets to make the final decision, using his experience and instinct to put the best team as possible on the ice while making sure his team is ready to play.As a player for the Badgers, Johnson was the first Badger to win WCHA Rookie of the Year during the 1977 season when Wisconsin won the National Championship. He went on to record 256 points in just three seasons and his 125 goals still stand as a UW record. However, his most memorable accomplishment might be the “Miracle On Ice” during the 1980 Olympics, during which he recorded two goals against the Soviet Union en route to the United States winning the gold medal. Johnson went on to a successful career in the NHL, recording 508 points in 699 games for four different teams.Johnson came back to UW in 1996, when he became an assistant coach for the men’s team. He was named the women’s hockey head coach before the 2002-03 season. Johnson led the team to their first WCHA title and national championship last season, and was rewarded by being named coach of the year.Johnson is responsible for the women’s hockey program becoming one of the elite programs in the nation. Since taking over the women’s hockey team, he has compiled an impressive record of 120 wins, 27 losses and 11 ties, including this season’s 11-0-1 record.”I think the coaching staff is something that goes unnoticed,” senior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “You really can’t say anything bad about [the coaches]; they come every day and put a lot of time in … I can’t really say enough about our coaches.”The most telling statistic about Johnson’s influence is that the Badgers have set a new record for wins every year he has coached. Last year the Badgers recorded 36 wins, which tied the NCAA record for most wins in a season. Perhaps his most challenging task is keeping his team motivated. While the Badgers are currently riding a 24-game unbeaten streak, Johnson has to be sure they’re prepared and ready to play every weekend. “Johnson is a very experienced person,” Slusar said. “The good thing about him is that he brings a good attitude every day. He’s ready to go and he knows when it’s time to do certain things — when we need to work hard and when we don’t need to work so hard. I think he really recognizes our situation, like if we’re tired he knows what we need to be doing.”Despite Johnson’s strong résumé, the influence of the assistant coaches cannot be overlooked. Tracy Cornell has been an assistant coach with the team since 1999 when the women’s hockey program first started, while Dan Koch started coaching at Wisconsin in 2001. Both have been instrumental in mentoring and recruiting players, building the women’s hockey program into the elite program it is today.”I think with a coaching staff like this, any player in the game could do really well,” freshman forward Meaghan Duggan said. “They’re really good with one-on-one stuff; they come right up to you and tell you what you need to work on.””They bring a positive attitude, [and] that goes a long way, because when I come to the rink I want to have fun,” Slusar said. “And every day I have fun and am having a good time, whether it’s practice or a game, whether we’re winning or losing.”last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin selected by fans to start 2015 All-Star game

first_imgJoining James in the frontcourt for the Eastern Conference will be Pau Gasol (974,177) of Chicago and Carmelo Anthony (647,005) of New York. The two guards are Kyle Lowry (805,290) of Atlanta and John Wall (886,368) of Washington.The 64th NBA All-Star game will take place Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The coaches will be Golden State’s Steve Kerr (Western Conference) and Mike Budenholzer of Atlanta.Barnes talks scrutinyBeing picked to do well has its drawbacks. The Clippers have found that out the hard way this season with all the negative stuff being written and said about a team that has a good record (28-14), but has struggled with consistency and has not looked like a team ready to win an NBA championship or even make the Western Conference Finals, as many experts had predicted.For a team that remains the little brother to the big brother Lakers because the Lakers have 16 NBA titles and the Clippers have none, the scrutiny can be brutal.Matt Barnes gets it.“Whatever you do here, it’s never going to be good enough,” Barnes said. “It’s championship or bust, so until we get that championship, nobody’s good enough. You definitely hear it. I use it as motivation, I use it as motivation to go out there and play harder.”This is Los Angeles, Barnes said, so everything is magnified.“When you’re in one of the biggest media markets and you have a good team and you’re predicted to do well and you struggle at any point, they’re (reporters) going to come after you,” said Barnes, out of UCLA. “Even when you’re playing well, you’re not winning by enough, you know what I mean?“It’s just something you want to tell the guys (on the team). It’s something I’m comfortable with; I’ve been playing in L.A. a long time through college and pros just to be ready. It’s different out here and you take the good with the bad and you focus on your job.”With all that said, Barnes was quick to point out this franchise has grown by leaps and bounds since he played for the Clippers his rookie season in 2003-04, when the Clippers went 28-54.“When I first came here in 2003, we were one of the worst teams and really just a laughingstock,” he said, “so I think we’ve come a long way, this organization, to say Clippers and championship in the same sentence. We still have a long way to go.” “He wants to be one of the best to ever play the game.”Griffin entered action Thursday averaging a team-high 23.0 points as well as 7.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists.Griffin received 700,615 votes and will join other frontcourt players Anthony Davis (1,369,911) of New Orleans and Marc Gasol (795,121) of Memphis in the starting lineup for the Western Conference. The two guards are Stephen Curry (1,513,324) of Golden State and Kobe Bryant (1,152,402) of the Lakers; Bryant on Thursday was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff.Curry was the overall leading vote-getter with the Eastern Conference’s LeBron James (1,470,483) of Cleveland second.DeAndre Jordan (117,816) and Chris Paul (551,167) of the Clippers were 12th and fourth in the frontcourt and backcourt, respectively, in the West. They would now have to be voted in as reserves by the conference coaches. The reserves will be announced Jan. 29. Blake Griffin was the lone member of the Clippers to be selected by fans to start the 2015 All-Star game, the NBA announced Thursday afternoon. This will be Griffin’s fifth All-Star game in as many seasons and fourth consecutive selection by the fans.“It is a great honor to make the All-Star team,” said Griffin, whose team hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. “I want to thank all of the fans who voted for me as a starter.” It’s well-deserved, coach Doc Rivers said.“You get out what you put in a lot of times in life,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t, sometimes you do. But in Blake’s case, he does. He works, he deserves it. You see him in the gym every day, you saw him in the gym this summer every day and he’s committed to being a better player.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more