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.
A 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
Top: Brazil Voice
Bottom: Joe Cavaretta via Sun-Sentinel
Sun-Sentinel article credit: Rafael A. Olmeda