Alleged Cruise Ship Rapists From Brazil Seek Low Bond

Luiz Antônio Scavone Neto - Alleged Cruise Rapist - Luis Scavonne The Sun-Sentinel reports that at a hearing this morning the defense lawyer for alleged cruise rapist, Brazilian citizen Luis Scavone (full name Luiz Antônio Scavone Neto) requested a Broward judge to set "little or no bail."   However, prosecutors for the state argue that defendant Scavone is a flight risk. 

Judge Matthew Destry scheduled a hearing for this Friday to take testimony and hear argument whether defendant Scavone, who allegedly committed "lewd and lascivious" acts against a 15 year old girl on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, is a fight risk.

Scavone is photographed above left, in happier times.  

The Broward County Sheriff's Office arrested Scavone together with a 15 year old boy, described as an  "alleged accomplice," who lured the 15 year old girl from an on-board nightclub into a passenger cabin on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas cruise ship, according to state prosecutors.

The incident was investigated by the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff's Office which also asserted jurisdiction after the cruise ship returned to port in Fort Lauderdale.

Luiz Antônio Scavone Neto - Cruise Rape Suspect - Allure of the SeasA previous judge who presided over the preliminary hearing,  John "Jay" Hurley, expressed concern that Scavone would flee to Brazil if given the opportunity.  The Sun-Sentinel quotes the judge saying "People who are from Brazil can go to Brazil, and there's very little chance that they'll be brought back to the United States."  The judge called Brazil a "loophole."  The judge was referring to the fact that Brazil recently amended its constitution to prohibit the extradition of criminals from Brazil.  Judge Hurley ordered that Scavone be fitted with a GPS monitor if he is released from custody while the case is pending.

It will be interesting to learn whether the two defendants hid after the alleged crime on the ship ship to avoid responsibility.  That would be a good indication whether they would try and flee the U.S. if released on a low bond. 

The press in Brazil are showing interest in this alleged cruise ship crime.  Several newspapers are publishing stories.  The 15 year old defendant's uncle is apparently a lawyer in Brazil.  The SRZD newspaper in Brazil quotes the family lawyer in Brazil denying everything and making nasty comments about the victim and her family.

Read Our Prior Article:  Two Rapes Alleged on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship 

Photo credits:

Top:  Brazil Voice

Bottom:  Joe Cavaretta via Sun-Sentinel

Sun-Sentinel article credit: Rafael A. Olmeda

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Arthur - January 11, 2012 6:47 AM

Do you remember the case of the pilots who crashed a plane here in Brazil ? NOTHING HAPPENED WITH THESE KILLERS !!! Nobody enven know if its true about the rape. You people from USA are all overbearing.

Daniel Freitas - January 13, 2012 5:51 PM

Judge this by saying that people of Brazil should have more respect because two American pilots killed hundreds of Brazilians in Brazilian territory, fled to the USA and never returned and neither the USA deported because they are Americans. Well, if American people are not deported because Brazilians would be?

Foxhunter - January 14, 2012 2:36 AM

Of course these guys are a flight risk. They should be released on nothing less than $500,000 bail and given a speedy trial to determine their guilt or innocence. Those GPS monitors can be removed and discarded thus they are not sufficient to stop the defendants from fleeing should they decide to do so.

RONALD MOORE - January 20, 2012 11:51 PM

HOW ABOUT ANNOUNCING BEFORE EACH SHOW AND DURING ACTIVITIES ON DECK, A BRIEF REMINDER THAT BEHAVIOR WHICH IS OF BAD TASTE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED, NO EXCEPTIONS, AND THAT PERSON WILL BE USHERED OF THE SHIP AT THE NEXT PORT. LET "NO EXCEPTIONS" BE THE RULE..JUST BECAUSE YOU BOUGHT A TICKET DOES NOT MEAN THERE ARE NOT RULES OF CONDUCT. BEING IN THE MILITARY, YOU LEARN FAST..HAVE CREW DRESSED IN PLAIN CLOTHES WALK AROUND....

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