A female special needs passenger, age 18, who has the mental capacity of a 13-year-old, reported Tuesday, February 27, 2018 that she was sexually assaulted by a male cruise ship passenger. (see video below) The assault allegedly took place in the hot tub aboard Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship Carnival Elation during her birthday cruise, prompting an investigation by the Coast Guard and the FBI.
The Florida mom says her daughter left on a birthday cruise which they called a “girls’ trip” with her grandmother on the Elation last weekend. She was in the hot tub with a bunch of kids and she said the gentleman came and got in the hot tub. The mother said that the man started a conversation with her daughter before sexually attacking her, leaving scratches and marks on her body.
A Carnival spokesperson released this statement, “On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 27, an adult female guest notified our security team of an alleged act of misconduct by an adult male guest onboard Carnival Elation. All appropriate law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, were notified immediately according to our security protocols. The male guest is being detained onboard. The female guest was offered assistance by the ship’s medical team and our Care Team; and we are continuing to offer support. The ship is on a five-day cruise to the Bahamas that departed on Feb. 24 from Jacksonville and is scheduled to return tomorrow.”
The FBI released this statement, “As is standard, the FBI Jacksonville Division has been advised of a potential incident on the high seas, and we are working with our law enforcement and government agency partners to obtain additional information. The investigation is ongoing, and no details can be confirmed at this time.”
Carnival Elation was on a five-day cruise to the Bahamas which departed on February 24, 2018 from Jacksonville, Florida. Carnival Elation was due back in port Thursday, March 1.
More – The alleged assailant has been name.
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Video: Special needs woman allegedly assaulted aboard Carnival Cruise