A press release from the United States Attorney's Office reads:
A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Brian Holland (23, Jacksonville) with aggravated sexual abuse by force. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment in federal prison, and a potential lifetime of supervision.
According to the indictment and court records, Holland is charged with sexually abusing a passenger-victim on February 27, 2018, while aboard a Carnival cruise ship based out of Jacksonville.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ashley Washington and Jay Taylor.