By LOUISE BOYLE
PUBLISHED: 16:56 EST, 22 August 2012 | UPDATED: 07:18 EST, 23 August 2012
- Casey Dickerson, 31, who is being held without bond on sexual assault charges, said it was supposed to be a ‘fun’ vacation with his wife
- He admitted to having sex with women other than his wife on cruise
- Teenage boys told FBI that Dickerson plied them with alcohol and told them to assault the 15-year-old girl
Dangerous: Casey Dickerson, of Florida, is being held without bail after being accused of raping a 15-year-old girl on a cruise
A 31-year-old married man has been charged after a teenage girl was allegedly gang-raped by him and a group of teenage boys in a cabin of a Carnival cruise ship.
Casey Dickerson was arrested on Sunday after the sexual attack was reported last weekend.
He denies rape but admitted that he had bought alcohol for a group of teenagers on board the cruise which left Florida on August 16 for a four-day trip to the Bahamas.
Dickerson also admitted to having sex with other women who were not his wife on board the boat.
The girl, who has not been identified, said she was raped in an extra cabin that Dickerson had keys to on board.
He had been given access to a second room by crew after his wife had earlier complained about noise.
The 15-year-old girl told authorities that she went to the cabin with a 15-year-old friend where Dickerson was partying with four teenage boys.
The girl said they were given alcohol before her friend was held in the bathroom by one of the teenagers while she was raped.
She said that the accused and other attackers took turns holding her down and encouraged each other to ‘switch’ positions, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
At one point during the prolonged attack, someone came to the door of the cabin. She was held on the floor while one of the teenage boys sent the person away, according to reports.
The girl was dressed and finally allowed to leave the room. She was treated for her injuries at the on board medical center where a rape kit was done. Carnival alerted the FBI to the incident.
It was unclear as to who the 15-year-old girl was traveling with on the cruise liner.
The boys claimed to FBI investigators that Dickerson told them to have sex with the girl. No charges have been brought against them so far and they have not been named.
Horror at sea: A 15-year-old girl was treated for her injuries after allegedly being raped on a Carnival Sensation cruise liner last weekend
Confined space: Dickerson is said to have attacked the girl in a cabin that he had spare keys to after his wife moved room because she complained about the noise (stock image)
Dickerson, from Casselberry, Florida, told WFTV that it was supposed to be a fun vacation for him and his wife, adding: ‘The cruise was great itself.’
He claims to have been drunk, passed out and was unaware that anything sexual took place in the cabin.
During the interview, when asked if he had raped the girl, he refused to answer any further questions.
He is being held on federal charges of sexual assault at Orange County Jail without bail after a judge deemed him a danger to the community. There is no federal law for statutory rape at sea.
It is the decision of the Attorney-General if sexual assault charges are to be filed against juveniles. The agency is investigating the case, a spokesman said.
A statement from Carnival Cruise Lines reads: ‘Carnival is fully cooperating with law enforcement officials as the investigation continues.’
Luxury vacation: The 15-year-old was allegedly attacked in a cabin by Dickerson and two teenage boys who had been plied with alcohol
Lock down: Dickerson, flanked by a prison guard, sits in Orange County Jail where he is being held without bond on sexual assault charges
There have been previous reports of sexual assaults on board Carnival cruise ships.
Last November, a Carnival Cruise Lines employee was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl who was on holiday with her family.
Kert Clyde Jordan, 35, from Grenada, worked as a waiter on the Miami-based Carnival Liberty. He was charged with engaging in a sexual act with a person under the age of 16.
He was accused of coaxing the girl into a bathroom on the Lido deck, part of the boat’s upper level.
The girl told her parents about the attack after they had returned home from vacation, police said.
At the time, the cruise company said: ‘Carnival has a zero tolerance policy from crime and we take any allegations of crime extremely seriously.’
Lock down: A judge recommended that Dickerson be kept at Orange County Jail in the interest of public safety
Only ten days prior to this incident on November 4, an Alabama man was sentenced to ten years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl on-board a Carnival cruise in Mexico.
According to court records, Dylan Cole Bloodsworth, 19, met the girl when she was on a holiday cruise with her family in March 2011.
Bloodsworth talked her into accompanying him to get a jacket from his cabin and raped her, according to court documents.
The Carnival Sensation operates three- and four-day cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas. It has 2,056 passenger capacity and 920 staff. The cruise liner is catered to families with pools, water slides and several kids’ clubs.
Carnival Cruise Lines is based in Miami, and has 23 ships which sail to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, and Bermuda.