ORANGE COUNTY, FL – A Florida man has been accused of participating in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl on a Carnival cruise ship.
Casey Dickerson, 31, was arrested on a federal sex charge after he and several teenage boys allegedly raped the girl in Dickerson’s cabin on the Carnival Sensation last weekend. According to the FBI, Dickerson was on the cruise with his wife where he and four other teenage boys got a 15-year-old so drunk that she was unable to stop the train they ran on her.
According to the complaint, the victim said that she had went to Dickerson’s cabin with her friend and four teen boys. After being given alcohol, Dickerson and the teens took turns sexually assaulting her while her friend was held inside a bathroom. She said that while she was being assaulted on the floor of the cabin while wearing only a bra, someone knocked on the door and one of the boys answered it. After the person who knocked at the door left, Dickerson and the teens continued their sexual attacks — even telling each other to “switch” into different positions.
After the group had finished with her and she was allowed to get dressed, the victim’s friend was allowed out of the bathroom. The victim reported the incident and was given medical assistance on the ship. Carnival immediately notified the FBI.
When the FBI questioned the teens who allegedly took part in the attack, they said Dickerson gave alcohol to the victim and her friend, getting the victim so drunk she could not resist the attacks. When Dickerson was questioned, he stated he had sex with many women on the ship, but he did not have sex with the victim. He says he did give the teens alcohol, but that he had gotten drunk and passed out before anything sexual took place.
A judge deemed Dickerson a danger to the community and ordered he be held at the Orange County Jail until his trial. The other boys admitted to having sex with the girl but have not been charged as federal prosecutors have to get permission from the Attorney General in order to file charges against juveniles. The more you know, right?
I don’t know how many of you have been on cruises before, but I have been on several. The gang rape of a juvenile has never been on my itinerary, but the fact that it happens is not too surprising to me. From what I observed, parents on these cruises let their children, of all ages, roam about the ship freely, and unsupervised — lulled into a false sense of security by all the tourist trappings that hide the fact that these cruise ships are not much more than seedy hotels that float. I had fun, even though I thought the Bahamas sucked. Cozumel was much better.Tags: Carnival, Casey Dickerson, Crime, cruise, Florida, gang rape, Sexual Assault