In yet another alleged sexual assault aboard a cruise ship, a Costa crew member stands accused of raping a young passenger aboard the Costa Diadema while the cruise ship was docked in Naples.
According to Cruise Law News by maritime lawyer Jim Walker, the accused rapist is a 30 year-old man from Manila.
The suspect was supposed to fly back to the Philippines, but an Italian prosecutor reportedly blocked him from flying. The crewmember was arrested and taken into police custody when the cruise ship arrived in the port of La Spezia.
Just two weeks ago, a Carnival Cruise Lines employee from Honduras was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage boy.
The accused in that case, a 46-year-old steward on Carnival Valor, has been charged with sexual battery of a person under 16 years of age and “lewd and lascivious molestation”.
According to NBC reports in the US, the Carnival Valor victim told his father he was in the sauna and was followed into the shower area where the alleged abuse took place.
A few days before that, a cruise ship cabin attendant was jailed for using a key given to him for restocking cabin minibars to sneak into the cabin of a sleeping female passenger and grope her. That crime happened on Royal Caribbean International’s big new flagship Quantum of the Seas, which was launched last October.
In July, a former Disney Cruise Line cabin steward pleaded guilty to fondling and molesting a 13-year-old girl, after luring her into an unoccupied cabin while she was on a cruise holiday with her family. He was jailed for six years in Florida with a recommendation he be deported back to Indonesia on release.
Written by Peter Needham