Earlier this week, we reported on the arrest of former Cunard child supervisor Paul Trotter on allegations that he abused a child and possessed indecent photographs of children on his computer.
The British police investigated Mr. Trotter (photo below, playing piano on Cunard cruise ship) after the parents of a child, identified only as being under the age of thirteen, brought the matter to the attention of authorities after the cruise. The initial newspaper articles indication that Mr. Trotter worked aboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth cruise ships, although one reader brought to my attention that he also worked aboard Cunard's Queen Victoria.
You can read our last article about Mr. Trotter here.
The disturbing thing with Mr. Trotter is that he reportedly worked for Cunard on various cruise ships over the course of five years. The issue arises whether he allegedly molested other children during cruises.
It is currently unknown whether Cunard terminated Mr. Trotter's employment or whether he voluntarily resigned.
Any expert in child sexual abuse will tell you that child predators are extremely manipulative and will position themselves to interact with children to satisfy their deviant sexual interests. They cannot be cured. They will abuse children again and again if given an opportunity.
It would be naive to think that any sexual predator, working for years and years with children, abused only one child and was promptly caught and prosecuted for that singular crime. Although the police investigation resulted in an arrest on charges of abusing one child, we know that the British police announced that they are speaking with the families of other children in England who cruised with Cunard as well.
We have been contacted by other families who cruised on Cunard asking for information on Mr. Trotter - what cruise ships did he work on and exactly when was he a child supervisor on these ships?
We asked Cunard for this information. We will update this article if we receive a response.
Certainly families who cruised with Cunard are entitled to know whether an alleged child predator was supervising their children during their cruises?
February 16, 2012 Update: Cunard's response is below:
"We are deeply shocked by these allegations as the safety and well being of our customers is of paramount importance to us. A thorough police investigation is underway which we are supporting and co-operating with fully. Given that the police inquiry is ongoing, we cannot comment any further or answer any questions at this stage.
What we can say is that we are working closely with the National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), a UK-based charity which specializes in supporting children and families to ensure that affected families and children are offered appropriate support. Following these allegations being made, we also asked the NSPCC to conduct an independent comprehensive review of our facilities, policies and procedures. This review is underway and we will be implementing any recommendations resulting from this review."
April 20, 2012 Update: Cunard Youth Supervisor Admits to Sexually Abusing 13 Boys During Cruises
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