A fifteen-year Iowa girl and her parents boarded a cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale on Christmas morning to set sail aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. On the last night of her ten-day cruise, the girl went to a teen dance club called Fuel. In the early morning hours, another fifteen-year old boy invited her to a party in his stateroom. Under the impression that she would be meeting others in his private room, she went with him.
When she arrived at his room, she only found one other man inside the room. The two refused to let her leave and both proceeded to rape her. Upon leaving the room, she immediately went to ship officials to report the attack. Following the report, Royal Caribbean notified the FBI and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, who boarded the ship to investigate when it docked at port. According to a Royal Caribbean spokesperson, the victim received counseling and medical care aboard the ship.
Twenty-year old Brazilian citizen Luiz Scavone was arrested in connection with the rape and is facing charges in Broward County for committing a lewd and lascivious act. He has been ordered to surrender his Brazilian passport and is being held in Broward County’s Main Jail on a $10,000 bond. The fifteen-year old boy who invited her to his room is being held at Broward’s Juvenile Assessment Center and has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery. His name has not been released because of his age.
Two arrested, accused of raping teen on cruise ship, www.sun-sentinel.com January 04, 2012.
Cruises are supposed to be a fun-filled week of sand, sun and offshore excursions, and many vacationers are under the false impression that bad things simply don’t happen on cruises. In reality, cruise ships can be a very dangerous place. Many cruise ships have no internal police force and often try to downplay incidents to protect their public image at the expense of accident victims. Cruise ships are expected to provide a safe environment for your vacation. If you or a loved one has been injured or assaulted while aboard a cruise ship, call the Miami cruise ship injury attorneys at the Friedland Law Group today! The personal injury attorneys at the Friedland Law Group can help you recover compensation for any medical expenses and pain and suffering you’ve incurred as a result of your cruise ship injury.
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