Tonight, ABC’s Nightline will cover the story of a 14 year old child who was sexually assaulted by a Carnival crew member aboard the Freedom cruise ship.
This is a story which we covered last May:
Hery Krispiyanto, age 30, from Klitren, Yogykarta (Indonesia) worked aboard Carnival’s Freedom as a bartender. The 14-year-old girl, identified only as "Taylor" to protect her identity, was vacationing with her parents during the Carnival cruise which left Fort Lauderdale in April 2009. During the cruise, the minor and her parents became acquainted with Krispiyanto who waited on the family. When the minor was alone on the upper deck of the ship one night, Krispiyanto walked up behind her, grabbed her arm and pulled her into a nearby employee-only room and closed the door, court records disclose.
We have written many articles about the problem of crew members preying on children on cruise ships:
Photograph top Seminole Co. Sheriff’s Office (via Palm Beach Post)
Photograph bottom Hery Krispiyanto’s Friendster page