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

    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

    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.

    From UWW.edu

    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.

  • Charles Marin

    A couple of young people screwing around drunk doesn’t constitute rape! If a woman is going to get her ass drunk, very unbecoming for young woman as it is, thereby making herself vulnerable, that’s her fault. The difference between men and women screwing around while drunk is that women can end up pregnant. That’s why women shouldn’t get drunk and party with strangers. Duh.

  • Pete

    So let me get this right, she’s drinking with him in the bar, she accepts his invite back to his cabin, she sits on his bed then they start kissing and touching each other getting all hot and heavy, then as soon as her panties are off, then it’s rape?! Fuck these kinds of women, seriously!