Second Caribbean Cruise Ship Hot Tub Sexual Assault – On March 22, 2018, Justin Carl Dolson, 27, from Clackamas, Oregon was a passenger aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines ship Norwegian Epic (see video below), allegedly carried out a sexual act on a child while in a hot tub .
Dolson was initially charged with a first degree felony on March 24, 2018, “sexual Battery Victim 12-18” [794.011.4.A] against another passenger from Indiana who was a minor child age 13 in State of Florida v. Justin Carl Dolson. In Florida, a first-degree felony is punishable by up to thirty years in prison, thirty years probation, and a $10,000 fine.
But, on August 15, 2018, the prosecutor charged him with, “Lewd Or Lascivious Conduct Victim Under 16 YOA. [800.04.6.A.1]”, which is a second degree felony. In Florida, a second-degree felony is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison, fifteen years probation, and a $10,000 fine.
“There was video from the ship that did show them in the hot tub together. It does not show any of the activity, which took place underwater, but there was some evidence that they had been together and were in the hot tub together,” said Tod Goodyear with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
Dolson, who has a criminal history, spent months fighting extradition to Florida, but prosecutors finally obtained a governor’s warrant, forcing his arrest and transport to Brevard County, Florida, where he appeared before Judge Thomas James Brown on April 5 at 1:15p.m. Dolson plead not guilty.
Federal Charges Not Filed
Typically, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would handle crimes committed in international waters. The state of Florida can take the charges when something happens in transit or in international waters, as long as it’s not in the port of another country. Special maritime jurisdiction may apply pursuant to 18 U.S. Code Section 7 when an offense is committed by or against a U.S. national in a place outside the jurisdiction of any country, and cover foreign vessels that have a United States arrival or departure port.
Florida Justidiction Cruise Ship Docked Foreign Port
Florida Statute 910.006 offers Florida law enforcement special maritime jurisdiction, when an offense is committed and the victim is a resident of Florida, the suspect on board the ship is a resident or citizen of Florida; more than half the revenue passengers aboard the ship originally embarked and plan to finally disembark in a Florida port; or the crime could have caused a “substantial effect” within Florida.”
Norwegian Epic has a Kid’s Aqua Park hot tub sign which very clear states, “Children under 16 require adult supervision at all times while using the hot tub”. So, where were the parents when the 13-year-old child from Indiana was being sexually assaulted in the hot tub?
Norwegian Epic was on a 7-Day Western Caribbean cruise which embarked from Port Canaveral, Florida on March 17, 2018.
- March 17, 2018 Port Canaveral, Florida 08:00-16:00
- March 18, 2018 Great Stirrup Cay 08:00 – 17:00
- March 19, 2018 At Sea
- March 20, 2018 Ocho Rios 08:00 – 17:00
- March 21, 2018 George Town 08:00 – 16:00
- March 22, 2018 Cozumel 10:00 – 18:00
- March 23, 2018 At Sea
- March 24, 2018 Port Canaveral, Florida 08:00-16:00
According to the Norwegian Cruise Line Passenger contract, “When accompanying a minor or minors on the vessel, the adult Guest agrees to be the agent of such minor(s) for all purposes, to accept full responsibility for supervising such minor(s) and to bear full responsibility for the actions of such minor(s). The adult Guest further agrees that the Carrier is not liable for injury to minor(s) in the adult Guest’s charge arising from the willful or negligent acts or omissions of other Guests or persons who are otherwise not acting on behalf of the Carrier. . . “
Dolson will have a hearing before Judge Morgan Laur Reinman May 22 on the charge. Judge Reinman may consider Dolson’s criminal past as part of his sentencing decision.
Justin Carl Dolson Alcohol Related Incident
January 30, 2013 – Justin Carl Dolson was cited for drunk driving after he missed a sharp turn, sending his car plunging down a steep, 125-foot embankment. Dolson, 20, and his passenger, Jorden Timothy Hollingsworth, 19, of Lakewood, Washington, both were taken by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital (OHSU), where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Sgt. Adam Phillips, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said “emergency dispatchers were alerted that Dolson had failed to negotiate a turn near 19950 S. Leland Road at 12:57 a.m., crashing his BMW”. Dolson was trapped in the car until emergency personnel were able to extract him from the vehicle. His vehicle was a total loss.
Phillips said Dolson’s blood-alcohol level (BAC) was tested at .085 percent, which is above Oregon’s legal limit for driving. Oregon’s legal alcohol limit for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and the presumption of intoxication and impairment at or above a .08 BAC.
Then, as an investigation into the Norwegian Epic attack was in progress, on October 18, 2018, Justin Carl Dolson file Capter 7 Bankruptcy in the District of Oregon U.S. Bankrupcy Court claiming debt of $25,014.00 owed to six creditors.
Brian James Holland Similar Crime
It was in the hot tub aboard another cruise ship Carnival Elation, where a female special needs passenger, age 18, who has the mental capacity of a 13-year-old, reported on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 that she was sexually assaulted by a male cruise ship passenger, Brian James Holland, 23, from Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested and charged. Holland was sentenced to ten years on October 23, 2018 in federal court in Jacksonville.
Holland was well-known to local enforcement. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to disorderly intoxication and battery and given 12 months probation. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to disorderly intoxication and battery on a law enforcement officer and spent 46 days in jail.
- Norwegian Epic Live Cruise Ship Tracker
- Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship Bow Camera
- State of Florida v. Justin Carl Dolson
- Norwegian Cruise Lines Passenger Ticket Contract
- Cruise Ship Passenger Brian Holland Charged With Alleged Sexual Abuse
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Video: NORWEGIAN EPIC REVIEW 3 – KID’S AQUAPARK