The Daily Breeze newspaper reports that the criminal trial has begun in Los Angeles of a Princess Cruises headwaiter who is accused of sexually assaulting a passenger from Kansas City.
Coral Princess Head Waiter - Sexual Predator or Family Man?
Princess crew member Jorge Manuel Teixeira, 39, from Portugal, is charged in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles with sexually assaulting a passenger aboard Princess' cruise ship, the Coral Princess.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Reema M. El-Amamy is quoted as saying: "This was aggravated sexual abuse. This was a crew member who met a passenger on the ship and proceeded to sexually assault her."
The crew member's defense lawyer describes his client as a "family man" with two children in Portugal and no history of violence.
The newspaper describes that after the assault, the woman said she did not know who to turn to. "I was scared -- and I did not know who to trust at this point," she said. "I didn't want to go to another (ship) employee."
We have reported on the problem of women being sexually assaulted on Princess Cruises ships in a prior blog: Unsafe on the "Love Boat?" - Sexual Assaults on Princess Cruise Ships.
Coral Princess Brad Graverson / Staff Photographer of the DailyBreeze.com