A newspaper in Rochester, New York reported yesterday that a passenger was indicted for sexually abusing a thirteen year old girl during a cruise back in December of 2006. The passenger is alleged to have threatened to throw the child overboard if she called for help.
Twenty-four year old Lucas George Wickes (photo left), of Rochester, New York, was indicted for the felony offenses of sexual abuse and aggravated sexual abuse of a minor on the high seas.
The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York issued a press release last September entitled "Rochester Man Charged In Aggravated Sexual Abuse On High Seas Case."
According to the press release, "on or about December 31, 2006, a 13-year-old female boarded a cruise ship departing from Port Canaveral, Florida to embark on a cruise with her family. In the early morning hours of January 1, 2007, after attending the teen nightclub, the female was walking around the decks with a couple of other teenagers when they were approached by the defendant who indicated that they should be returning to their cabins. The female followed defendant who took her to another deck and then forced her to take her pants off and perform oral sex on him, threatening to throw her overboard if she screamed . . "
We have written about the sexual assault of children in prior blogs:
What is striking about the U.S. Attorney's press release and the news articles "covering" this story is that the name of the cruise line is not mentioned. We see this quite a bit. Law enforcement and/or reporters sometimes try and protect the cruise lines from bad press.
Another website identifies the cruise ship as the Disney Wonder.
It is a real disservice when the name of the cruise line is kept secret. Many parents have a false sense that their kids are safe on cruises. We have learned of sex crimes like this on cruise ships, even on cruise ships which cater to families.
Disney Wonder Kid's Club MPR529 Flickr Photostream via Hub Pages