Prosecutors fought against a judge’s decision to let an accused rapist be released prior to trial. He has been charged with sexually assaulting a passenger on a cruise ship.
An Assistant U.S. Attorney on the case called the 19-year-old defendant a “dangerous serial child predator”. He confessed to sex with a 13-year-old girl in March aboard the cruise ship, as well as sex with two other minors, and forcing a fourth one into sex.
The young man’s attorney claims that there will be conditions to protect the public if his client is released until the trial.
“It was clear that he was not going to be left alone,” the attorney explained to New York Criminal Law Offices. “He’s got good family support. His mother will make sure, his stepfather will make sure, that he follows the letter of the judge’s order. It’s not going to be a problem.”
The FBI filed an affidavit stating that a 13-year-old girl did meet the defendant on March 6, one day before the ship’s return to Mobile. She was on her way to dinner and made plans to meet him later that evening. When he asked her how old she was, she said she was thirteen.
Other passengers claimed the defendant spent a great deal of time in a section of the ship reserved for children between the ages of 12 and 14. According to the affidavit, he admitted to sex with the girl after inviting her to the cabin he shared with his sister and stepbrother. Neither sibling was in the cabin at the time.
The defendant claimed the sex was consensual, but the girl told New York Criminal Law Offices that not only did she not consent, but that the defendant hurt her.
This is not the first time the defendant has gotten in trouble for similar acts. He faces another sexual battery charge in Mississippi for another 13-year-old girl he met through Facebook.
The prosecutor claims he “friended” the girl though he did not know her, then sent her messages and showed up at her house. According to the prosecutor, he attempted to kiss her and take her inside at that point, but she managed to fend him off. Later, he threatened to hurt her and her family if she did not meet him, at which point he drove her to a remote location and raped her.
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