Father Sentenced to Two Years after Attacking Teen Aboard Cruise Ship

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  • In August 2015 a father and his bother-in- law punished a teenage boy for making a suggestive comment to his daughter as they sailed on a cruise ship.
  • The perpetrator has now been sentenced to two years prison time, after pleading no contest to the charges against him.
  • His bother-in-law will go to trial in April.

In August 2015 an Ohio man attacked a teenaged boy on a cruise ship, after he made indecent comments about the man’s daughter. Now, the man has been sentenced after pleading no contest to charges stemming from the incident.

33 year old Jason Lawson was sailing on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on August 16, 2015, when a teenaged male passenger reportedly offered his daughter a key chain for her virginity.

Lawson, accompanied by his brother-in-law Arturo Martinez, overheard the comment and subsequently prevented the boy from leaving the library, where the incident happened. Martinez reportedly pulled down the boy’s pants and simulated a sexual act on the boy, but Lawson did not participate in the assault.

During his sentencing, Lawson apologized repeatedly to the court and appealed to the judge for leniency. His appeals fell on deaf ears. Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey noted that Lawson should have apologized to the victim in his statement.

Lawson was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by five years of probation. He will not be able to resume his duties coaching minors for 18 months.

Martinez is due in court on April 6, after pleading not guilty to the charges against him.