Waiter on HAL's Veendam Arrested on Charges of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with Minor

HAL Waiter Yesterday, the Broward County Sheriff's office arrested a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship waiter for engaging in lewd and lascivious conduct involving a minor, according to Local 10-ABC.  

The case arises out of an incident on the M/S Veendam last Sunday when the HAL waiter, identified as Gede Sukrantara, age 26, convinced a 15-year-old girl to go into a bathroom on the 12th deck of the ship. He locked the door of the bathroom and the child is alleged to have then engaged in oral sex. She later reported the incident to the cruise ship staff. 

According to the news station, Broward County Sheriff detectives interviewed Sukrantara, who is from Indonesia, yesterday after the child's father said that he wanted to prosecute the cruise employee. 

The detectives arrested Sukrantara on a charge of committing a lewd and lascivious act involving a minor where the victim is between 12 and 16 years of age. He is current imprisoned in the maximum security jail facility adjacent to the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Photo credit: Broward Sheriff's Office   

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tinikini - January 21, 2017 11:31 AM

Maybe if they would give them some days off, they could go into port and get "serviced" there. Makes much more sense to me than to go after staff and guests. Until the cruise lines realize that their employees are human beings that have basic wants, needs, and desires this will continue to happen. Keep them caged up and they will act like animals. It sickens me to keep reading about this kind of activity and nothing is done to stop it. Prayers to the family.

none on earth - January 21, 2017 1:21 PM

Tinikini absolutely right. I was working in 1 of the cruise lines. Very terrible life. I thought working on cruise lines is new slavery's work model. It was happen between 15 - 19 century, which slavery as common life for people need money. But now in 21 century, can still happen on cruise lines. Do U can imagine, 6 - 10 months (10 hours/day) working without day off? Much of them after, at least 6 - 10 years working, will get health problem.

i - January 23, 2017 4:35 PM

I tell you a secret - nobody forces anybody to work on a ship - it's each one's decision. It is a job and anyone who deems it's too much they can resign at any time and pursue a career anywhere else. And I tell you another secret: there are females also onboard.

Gus B - January 28, 2017 2:51 PM

As above, NOBODY is forced to take the job & anybody can quit and leave the ship in any port. To call them slaves is typical Liberal Clap Trap of the highest order. I hope the steward gets the maximum punishment and rots in jail. It will be good to use him as an example to other employees on all cruise ships. He did not make a mistake,this was thought out in advance. Even is the girl went 'along for the ride' HE is the guilty one because of her age. It seems that HAL is not screening personnel very good. This is #2 in two years, the last one trying to kill a foul mouth guest that dishonored his family. Sorry "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me."

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