Two men from Toledo, Ohio, 32 year-old Jason Lawson and 30 year-old Arturo Martinez, have been arrested in connection with the assault of a 13-year-old boy aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in 2015.
According to court records, the boy offered a girl, who was also sailing on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, a keychain in exchange for her virginity. Lawson, the girl’s father, overheard the conversation and confronted the boy along with Martinez, the girl’s uncle.
Officers with the Broward County sheriff’s department say that surveillance video show the men cornering the boy against a bookcase, and placing their hands on him – preventing him from leaving. Martinez is reported to have thrown the boy down several times onto a couch while Lawson stood watch.
Things took a turn for the worse when Martinez reportedly ordered the boy to pull down his pants, as Martinez did the same, though they both remained in their underwear. Martinez then reportedly forced the boy onto the couch and sexually assaulted him, but he is not believed to have penetrated the boy.
Broward Judge John "Jay" Hurley, hearing the case on Wednesday, set Lawson’s bond at $11,000. He is facing charges of battery and false imprisonment. Martinez is currently in detention awaiting trial on similar charges.