Carnival Conquest Utah Child Child Sexual Assault By WV Passenger – It was alleged, that on Saturday, January 9, 2016 around midnight, a 12-year-old child from Utah, who was named as “MG” was sexually assaulted in a public men’s restroom aboard Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Conquest by an adult passenger.
The complaint was first filed on March 20, 2018, then filed on filed on May 24, 2018. Finally, on July 2, 2018 in the Federal Southern District Court in West Virginia, more than two and a half years after the attack took place the case was heard.
The male passenger who was 18 years old at he time has been named as Joshua Issac Morrison, from Kenova in Wayne County, West Virginia. Morrison was convicted in Federal Southern District Court in West Virginia, faces up to 15 years in prison after he plead guilty to 18 U.S.C. § 2243 (a) – Sexual abuse of a minor.
18 U.S.C. § 2243 (a) Of a Minor.—Whoever, in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States or in a Federal prison, or in any prison, institution, or facility in which persons are held in custody by direction of or pursuant to a contract or agreement with the head of any Federal department or agency, knowingly engages in a sexual act with another person who has attained the age of 12 years but has not attained the age of 16 years; and is at least four years younger than the person so engaging; or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.
Morrison plead guilty to sexual abuse of a minor, stating that he tried to have sexual intercourse with the child, but was unable to do that. Evidence from the girl stated she bled into her undergarment from the penetration.
“The victimization of children can have a devastating impact for years,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nick Boshears. “No matter where the crime occurs, we will work with partner agencies to exhaust all investigative resources to apprehend those responsible.”
Kenova is at the intersection of three states, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia which will make it more difficult for law enforcement to track Morrison as a sex offender in state-wide databases.
Kenova population is comprised of 98% white with only 80.3% having a High school or higher education. Nine of Kenova’s 3,096 population were registered sex offenders as of July 17, 2018.
Carnival Conquest embarked from Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a 6 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Carnival Conquest called at Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove before returning to Fort Lauderdale.
- USA v Joshua I. Morrison Plea Charging Agreement
- Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship Schedule
- City-Data Kenova West Virginia
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