Carnival Cruise Passenger Arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Conduct Involving Five Year Old Girl on Carnival Sunrise

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Local ABC News Station 10 reviews {that a} 51-year-old man faces a lewd and lascivious conduct cost “after being accused of kissing a 5-year-old girl on the mouth while on a cruise over the weekend.”

Miami-Dade police arrested Ernest Richard Bishop, Jr., of Morning View, Kentucky, on Monday, after the Carnival Sunrise returned to Miami on October 3, 2022 after leaving the port of Miami on September twenty ninth for a four-day cruise to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico.

According to an arrest report, the native information station reported that the kid’s father witnessed Bishop kiss his daughter whereas the Carnival cruise ship was at sea on Saturday night time, October 1st.

The report states that Bishop refused to talk with Miami-Dade police after they escorted him to jail.

News Station 10 reviews that Bishop submitted a $7,500 bond.

The Carnival Sunrise was previously named the Carnival Triumph. It’s a comparatively previous cruise ship inbuilt 1999.

Sexual misconduct is the primary crime reported on cruise ships, in response to information maintained by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Cruise traces are legally required to report sexual assaults in addition to sure different crimes which happen on their ships pursuant to the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. In the previous, the cruise ship crime information was maintained by the DOT and available on an web portal. Unfortunately, the DOT stopped reporting the information in April of 2021 because the cruise trade struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the DOT was nonetheless reporting about prison sexual acts on cruise ships earlier than COVID-19 shut the trade down, there have been  fifty-three (53) rapes on Carnival Cruise Line ships reported from January 2019 by way of March 31, 2020. During the identical time interval, there have been thirty-three (33) rapes on Royal Caribbean operated cruise ships and seventeen (17) sexual assaults on NCL ships. Most such alleged intercourse crimes on cruises go un-prosecuted.

Carnival Cruise Line leads the cruise trade with essentially the most reviews of sexual assaults. The cruise line has a per capita charge of practically 40 (39.6) per 100,000.

The per capita charge of sexual assaults on Carnival ships of 40 per 100,000 is critical. It is a better per capita charge than twenty states, together with California, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Georgia (and over a dozen different states). See, Carnival Cruise Line Leads Cruise Industry with the Most Sexual Assaults.

Typically, solely the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has jurisdiction to research crimes involving U.S. residents on cruise ships.  The exception is when a cruise ship departs and returns to a port in Florida. In such conditions, both the FBI or Florida state/native legislation enforcements officers can assert jurisdiction when a U.S. citizen is the sufferer or perpetrator. Florida is the one state the place native police can assert jurisdiction over crimes at sea. If this Carnival ship had left from a U.S. port aside from in Florida, solely the FBI would have had jurisdiction. It is very unlikely that the FBI would have concerned itself in making the arrest of this passenger.

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Source: Local ABC News Station Channel 10; Images; Carnival Triumph/SunriseScott Lucht – CC BY-SA 4.0 commons / wikimedia.



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