A local news station in central Florida is reporting that a 15 year old cruise passenger alleges that she was gang raped by other passengers while cruising aboard the Carnival Sensation cruise ship.
WFTV reports that one of their news reporters interviewed a man who was arrested for allegedly raping a a 15-year-old girl during a Carnival cruise. The news station reports that "investigators said the girl was raped on the Carnival Sensation cruise ship by the man who then encouraged other attackers to do the same."
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the teenage victim stated that she and another friend, also 15, went to 31 year old Casey Dickerson’s cabin with him and four other boys.
The newspaper states that once in the cabin, the girl said, Dickerson and the boys held her down and took turns having sex with her.
At the same time, the victim’s teenage friend was being held in the bathroom by one of the boys.
As Dickerson and the others sexually assaulted the victim, they told each other to "switch," so that they would change positions.
The girl said someone knocked on the door while she was being attacked and one of the boys answered it.
The girl said she was on the floor of the cabin, wearing only a bra, and after the person who knocked at the door left, Dickerson and the boys continued their sexual attacks, the complaint says.
The WFTV reporter, Jeff Deal, talked with the suspect, Dickerson, in jail. Dickerson denied raping anyone.
"According to investigators, a group of underage people asked Dickerson to buy them alcohol.
‘You admit you bought alcohol for them?’ Deal asked.
‘I admit I bought alcohol,’ said Dickerson.
Dickerson had access to two rooms because his wife had complained about noise early on in the cruise. Carnival gave them keys to a second room.
Investigators said the group started partying in the first room and that’s where the 15-year-old claims she was essentially gang-raped.
Investigators said the girl first claims Dickerson raped her and then two underage boys raped her too.
Investigators said the boys said Dickerson told them to do it.
During the interview, Dickerson claimed he didn’t know the age of the young people . . and when we pressed him on the rape allegations he suddenly decided to end the interview."
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