Several newspapers in California are reporting that the FBI arrested a crew member aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Constellation on child-pornography charges after the cruise ship arrived at the Port of San Diego.
According to the Union Tribune newspaper in San Diego, Amado Nicholas Hernandez, age 31, was employed by Celebrity Cruises as an audiovisual manager and provided onboard guest-entertainment services.
Hernandez was arrested after he apparently abandoned his computer which was subsequently purchased at an estate sale. The computer reportedly contained 450 photographs and about 250 video files of child pornography portraying a total of 44 different victims. The computer contained information which permitted the FBI to trace the pornography back to the crew member.
The criminal complaint filed against Hernandez alleged that upcoming cruises included several stops in Mexico. Hernandez, in documented online chats, reportedly had bragged that he had bought young boys for sex in Mexico and “almost offed one,” the criminal complaint alleges.
The issue of child predators and crew members with child pornography on cruise ships is something we have written about frequently. It’s not an isolated problem:
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