Thursday, January 5, 2012

Teen Alleges Rape on Allure of the Seas

An Iowa teen alleges she was raped multiple times aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas during a 10-day Christmas cruise. Two Brazilian passengers accused were arrested on Tuesday when the ship returned to Ft. Lauderdale.

The 15-year-old girl told authorities that on the last night of the cruise, she went to the ship's teen club, and a 15-year-old boy invited her to a party in his stateroom. She believed she would be meeting other friends there. When they got there, there was only a 20-year-old man. She said told authorities the pair prevented her from leaving and raped her multiple times despite telling them "no" several times and that she wanted to leave.

The girl reported the incident to the ship's authorities immediately after she was released, and Royal Caribbean notified the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff. They met the ship Tuesday morning and investigated, arresting both of the male passengers.

The 20-year-old man was charged with one count of committing a lewd and lascivious act. His bond was set at $10,000 and ordered to relinquish his Brazilian passport at a hearing on Wednesday along with various other conditions. The 15-year-old was charged with lewd and lascivious battery and being processed as a juvenile.

The complete story appeared in the January 5, 2012, edition of Cruise News Daily.