Tonight, ABC’s Nightline will cover the story of a 14 year old child who was sexually assaulted by a Carnival crew member aboard the Freedom cruise ship. 

Krispiyanto Rape Carnival Freedom Cruise ShipThis is a story which we covered last May:

Carnival Cruise Ship Bartender Arrested On Charges Of Raping 14 Year Old Passenger

Hery Krispiyanto, age 30, from Klitren, Yogykarta (Indonesia) worked aboard Carnival’s Freedom as a bartender.  The 14-year-old girl, identified only as "Taylor" to protect her identity, was vacationing with her parents during the Carnival cruise which left Fort Lauderdale in April 2009.  During the cruise, the minor and her parents became acquainted with Krispiyanto who waited on the family.  When the minor was alone on the upper deck of the ship one night, Krispiyanto walked up behind her, grabbed her arm and pulled her into a nearby employee-only room and closed the door, court records disclose. 

We have written many articles about the problem of crew members preying on children on cruise ships:

Sexual Assault of Children on Cruise Ships – A Problem the Cruise Community Wants to Forget

Why Cruises are NOT the Best Vacations with Kids

Should Travel Agents Be Liable For Falsely Representing That Cruises Are Safe For Kids?

Passenger Indicted for Sexual Abuse of 13 Year Old Girl on Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Top Ten Reasons Not To Cruise: No. 1 – Cruise Lines Are A Perfect Place To Sexually Abuse Children

 

Krispiyanto Statutory Rape - Carnival Cruise Line - Cruise Ship

 

Photograph top   Seminole Co. Sheriff’s Office (via Palm Beach Post)   

Photograph bottom    Hery Krispiyanto’s Friendster page

In May, we reported the arrest of a 30 year old bartender who was arrested after sexually assaulting a 14 year old passenger cruising with her parents on Carnival’s Freedom cruise ship – Carnival Cruise Ship Bartender Arrested On Charges Of Raping 14 Year Old Passenger.  

Today a Federal District Court Judge in Orlando sentenced cruise ship bartender, Hery KrispiyantoHery Krispiyanto - Carnival Bartender Rape , to over three years and to pay about $4,360 in restitution. 

The Orlando Sentinel covered the story in an article "Cruise Bartender Sentenced to Prison for Teen’s Rape."

The minor girl told investigators that she was alone on the upper deck of the cruise ship when crew member Krispiyanto walked up behind her, grabbed her arm and pulled her into a nearby employee-only room and closed the door. The incident occurred in April 2009 and the girl told her parents in August.  Sexual assaults of minors on cruise ships are often not reported right away due to embarrassment.

Sexual assault of children is something the cruise lines like to keep secret.  We have discussed other cases before and you can read them about here.