January 5, 2012
(1:55 p.m. EST) -- Two Allure of the Seas passengers were arrested Tuesday for lewd and lascivious battery after allegedly raping a 15-year-old female passenger. The attack occurred early Tuesday morning (January 3) during Allure's nine-night Christmas and New Year's cruise from Port Everglades.
Citing statements from the Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO), the Orlando Sentinel reports that the pair, 20-year-old Luis Scavone and an unnamed 15-year-old boy, both from Brazil, lured the girl from the ship's teen dance club to a private room at approximately 1:45 a.m. According to the BSO, the 15-year-old boy told the victim he was having a party in his room. The girl, who was on the cruise with her family, told authorities she thought she'd be meeting friends in the 15-year-old's private room. But when she entered, Scavone was present, at which point the victim says she was raped.
NBC's Miami affiliate reports that, according to the BSO, the victim told the assailants “no” several times and tried to leave but was prevented from doing so. She immediately reported the incident to ship officials, according to arrest documents.
In an e-mail statement, Royal Caribbean said the incident was "immediately reported to local authorities and the FBI," and that its "guest care team offered the female guest a variety of assistance, including medical care and counseling." The statement added that the ship was met later Tuesday at its Port Everglades homeport by the BSO and by FBI agents, who conducted a full investigation onboard.
According to the Sentinel, Scavone, the 20-year-old, had his first court hearing Wednesday, accused of one count of committing a lewd and lascivious act. Scavone's bond has been placed at $10,000 and he's been forced to surrender his Brazilian passport. He was being held at the Broward County Main Jail on Wednesday pending an immigration hold. The second defendant was charged with lewd and lascivious battery and taken to Broward's Juvenile Assessment Center, said the Sentinel, citing the probable cause affidavit.
--by Dan Askin, News Editor