The Miami-Dade Police Department arrested a twenty-one (21) year old man from Georgia for sexually propositioning a fourteen (14) year-old boy in the sauna of the Explorer of the Seas, according to numerous local new accounts. The police charged cruise passenger Anish Shan of Columbus, Georgia with two felony violations of Florida law: (1) lewd and lascivious conduct, and (2) lewd and lascivious exhibition on a child under 16.

The crime occurred when the Explorer of the Seas was on a five day cruise to the Western Caribbean which left Miami on March 3rd and sailed to Falmouth (Jamaica), Labadie (Haiti), and returned to Miami on March 8th. Last Tuesday, when the Royal Caribbean ship was in international waters sailing to Jamaica, Mr. Sahn approached the 14-year-old child in the sauna at around 7 p.m. According to the news accounts, Shan asked the boy how old he was.

“Police said after the boy told him he was 14, Shan ‘started to masturbate’ all while ‘making eye contact with the victim.’ The arrest report states Shan then asked the boy if he’d ever had oral sex before. Police said after the boy replied ‘no,’ Shan then ‘solicited oral sex’ from the teen, which he declined.”

The news accounts state that it is unclear whether Shan was detained at sea following the alleged incident, but the Miami-Dade police took him into custody Friday after the cruise ship returned to Port Miami. Following his arrest, Shah was released from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a $12,500 bond.

This incident follows the recent news from the Symphony of the Seas where a thirty-four (34) year old crew member employed by Royal Caribbean secretly placed a spy-camera in the bathroom of a mother and her two adult daughters who were sharing a cabin. The Broward County Sheriff’s office and the FBI arrested the crew member on multiple charges of video voyeurism and child pornography after his camera and electronic devices indicated that he also videotaped children as young as five to ten years of age in various forms of undress. Read: Cruise Ship Worker Accused of Hiding Cameras in Bathrooms to Spy on Guests.

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Image Credit: Explorer of the SeasKees Torn – SA 2.0, commons / Wikimedia; Anish Shan – Miami Dade Police via Mugshots Zone.