Man Arrested on Charges of Raping Passenger Aboard the Carnival Dream

The Virgin Islands Daily News reports that a 19-year-old Kentucky man pleaded not guilty in District Court in St. Thomas on charges that he raped another passenger during a Carnival cruise. The charges specifically "sexual assault with intent to commit a felony."

Cruise passenger Conner Layne was arrested after a 18-year-old woman's complaint that he tried to rape her while on board the Carnival Dream during a June 4th cruise. 

Carnival Dream Cruise ShipThe newspaper states that the alleged crime took place while the Dream was in international waters sailing to St. Thomas.

According to an affidavit written by FBI special agent Rafael Fernandez, an 18-year-old woman reported that she and Layne were "having drinks in the ship's club when Layne invited her back to his room. Once there, she had another drink and sat on the bed, and she and Layne began kissing and Layne started 'touching her about the body'." Layne then forcibly "held her down, pulled up her dress, pulled down her underwear and penetrated her with his penis."

The woman said that because Layne was intoxicated, she was able to push him off of her, and she ran out of the cabin. 

The District Magistrate released Layne from custody after he posted a $10,000 bond.

The newspaper states that Layne was allowed to return to his home in Kentucky but had to provide DNA samples as a condition of his release.

 

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Beto Garcia - July 20, 2013 8:43 AM

Yeah right! another inoccent woman drinking, flirting, and going to a private room. Kissing and foreplaying! and then...she was raped! Please! kiss my a.....

A Mother - January 17, 2014 10:52 PM

Beto, you are an uninformed and complete idiot! No amount of kissing is an invitation to forcably remove someone's undergarments and insert your penis. I hope you never have a daughter!

Bill J. - January 17, 2014 11:10 PM

From UWW.edu
MYTH: If you’re drunk at a party, whatever happens, happens. Some women are to blame for their rape because they were drunk, or flirting, etc.

FACT: Let’s be clear that people’s actions, be it drinking, how they dance, how they dress, if they flirted, does not give someone permission to have sex with them. It is in cases like this that we hear things like “if she didn’t want to have sex, why was she kissing him?” Of course, the answer is, because maybe she wanted to kiss him. Anytime we hear a story that ends with “what did she expect to happen?” we need to remind ourselves that forced sex is never justified, and that “what she expected” certainly wasn’t rape. There is no degree of being led on, of being turned on, of being flirted with that makes it OK to force sex on another person. Thinking that it is means holding on to rape supportive beliefs.

MYTH: Women will cry rape to save their reputation, or to get back at a man.

FACT: Does this happen, when a woman will say she was raped out of revenge, or because she doesn’t want people to talk badly about her? Not very often. In fact, the FBI, who tracks this information, reports that less than 2% of rape cases involve false claims against the rapist. The number of false claims is less then almost every other crime.

Someone who presses charges for rape has to go through a humiliating medical exam, long questioning sessions by police and the district attorney to see if there is a case, a session to explain to family members that they were raped. They may even have people getting mad at them because the situation divides the campus or community. When you look at all of the pain and agony someone goes through to press charges, it is doubtful someone would do it just to get back at a guy she is mad at. And, like the FBI reports, less than 2% do. Believing that most, or even many women “cry rape” is holding on to a rape supportive belief.

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