Holland America Crew Member Arrested in Connection with Sexual Act with Minor

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  • A Holland American crew member was arrested by Broward sheriff’s deputies on Thursday.
  • The worker allegedly received oral sex from a minor teen on the MS Veendam cruise ship on Sunday.
  • The crew member is reportedly being charged with committing a lewd and lascivious act involving a minor.

A Holland America crew member was arrested earlier this week, accused of having received oral sex from a minor while aboard the ship on which he worked.

The crew member, a waiter on the MS Veendam cruise ship, reportedly engaged in the sexual act last Sunday. Local ABC 10 reports that 26-year-old Gede Sukrantara met the 15-year-old victim while he was on the ship, and at some point, the two began kissing each other. The pair later moved to a bathroom where Sukrantara locked the door and received oral sex from the victim.

The day following the incident the teen reported what had happened. Sukrantara was questioned by authorities on Thursday and reportedly confessed. He was arrested on charges of committing a lewd and lascivious act involving a minor. The victim’s father reportedly indicated to authorities that he wishes to prosecute.

Of all crimes reported aboard cruise ships, sexual assaults are among the most frequent. Women, teen girls, and minors are among those most commonly victimized.