WFTV reports that a crew member on a Carnival cruise ship allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage boy last Friday.

The news station says that Carnival announced the incident, although it is less than clear when or how the cruise line made the statement. 

The incident allegedly occurred on board the Carnival Valor, which is based in Port Canaveral.

Yovany Sauzo-BatizThe news article reports that the cruise line notified the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI of the incident. Here’s how WFTV described the case, based on the Sheriff’s office.

"Yovany Sauzo-Batiz, 46, of Honduras, was working on the Carnival Valor as a stateroom steward Friday when he tried to start a conversation with a teenage passenger in a sauna. The victim then moved to a shower area to avoid the suspect when the alleged sexual conduct occurred. Immediately following the incident, the victim identified the crewmember to his father, who detained him with the assistance of other passengers until ship security arrived.”

Sauzo-Batiz was charged with sexual battery of a person under 16 years of age and lewd and lascivious molestation.

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Photo Credit:Brevard Sheriff’s Office via WFTV

One Response to Allegation: Carnival Crew Member Sexually Assaulted Boy on Valor

I would love to know why the kids club was locked. They didn’t notify any of us parents that they closed Circle C. A worker named Meg told the kids they not allowed in unless she was in the room. She should of made a call to all the parents rooms to tell us. Not just send our children off to run the ship and find back rooms to hang in. Security was aware also and let them hide in back rooms. My daughter told me she talked to 2 security guards when she was questioned why they were in rooms.

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