A newspaper in Rochester, New York reported yesterday that a passenger was indicted for sexually abusing a thirteen year old girl during a cruise back in December of 2006.  The passenger is alleged to have threatened to throw the child overboard if she called for help.

Lucas George Wickes - Sexual Abuse - Disney Wonder Cruise ShipTwenty-four year old Lucas George Wickes (photo left), of Rochester, New York, was indicted for the felony offenses of sexual abuse and aggravated sexual abuse of a minor on the high seas. 

The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York issued a press release last September entitled "Rochester Man Charged In Aggravated Sexual Abuse On High Seas Case." 

According to the press release, "on or about December 31, 2006, a 13-year-old female boarded a cruise ship departing from Port Canaveral, Florida to embark on a cruise with her family. In the early morning hours of January 1, 2007, after attending the teen nightclub, the female was walking around the decks with a couple of other teenagers when they were approached by the defendant who indicated that they should be returning to their cabins. The female followed defendant who took her to another deck and then forced her to take her pants off and perform oral sex on him, threatening to throw her overboard if she screamed . . "

We have written about the sexual assault of children in prior blogs:

Perverts, Child Predators and Cruise Ships

Sexual Assault of Children on Cruise Ships – A Problem the Cruise Community Wants to Forget

Why Cruises are NOT the Best Vacations with Kids

Should Travel Agents Be Liable For Falsely Representing That Cruises Are Safe For Kids?

Disney Wonder - Sexual Assault - Sexual Abuse - Minors  What is striking about the U.S. Attorney’s press release and the news articles "covering" this story is that the name of the cruise line is not mentioned.  We see this quite a bit.  Law enforcement and/or reporters sometimes try and protect the cruise lines from bad press.  

Another website identifies the cruise ship as the Disney Wonder.

It is a real disservice when the name of the cruise line is kept secret.  Many parents have a false sense that their kids are safe on cruises.  We have learned of sex crimes like this on cruise ships, even on cruise ships which cater to families.   



Disney Wonder Kid’s Club           MPR529 Flickr Photostream via Hub Pages

  • Uh duh

    Why is the name of the cruise line important? It is very evident that on ANY cruise line you have people from all different parts of the world, all different walks of life and with all different problems and perversions. One needs to take precautions when on vacation regardless if this is a cruise vacation or a land vacation. It is no secret that people target unsuspecting vacationers all the time. It is impossible for any cruise line to prevent this type of thing from happening. They are basically a small city at sea. You don’t hate on a city when a crime happens. It is impossible to have enough security in place to prevent these occurences. People who hate a line because a crime occured are ignorant because I guarantee it occurs on ALL lines. And the author of this article should feel ashamed for indicating that law enforcement is attempting to protect the cruise lines. It is simply irrelevant information.

  • Uh Duh:

    Thanks for your, uh, insightful comments . . .

    Jim Walker

  • Chris

    It should also be noted that in some parts of the world this is considered normal behavior (disgusting to us Americans though).

  • Max Entropy

    It took three years to indict?

  • .|.

    @chris…it isnt considered normal in any part of the world (you americans think that nothing happens in america while your country has some of the greatest child abuse statistics).
    think before you ‘NOTE’.
    cheers !!

  • nicole obrien

    luke is my friend. we all make mistakes.when he gets out im ginna bake him a cake.