In one of the most horrific cases of cruise ship sexual assault in recent memory, a cruise ship crew member attacked and nearly killed a female guest after he used his key to enter her stateroom.
On Valentine’s Day 2015 the female victim was sailing aboard the Holland America cruise ship when the crime’s perpetrator entered the victim’s stateroom and hid on her balcony, waiting for her to return. When she did finally return to her room the perpetrator waited for her to fall asleep. Once he was sure the victim was sleeping he attacked her, assaulting her both physically and sexually. The victim fought for her life for an estimated 30 to 60 minutes before finally reaching safety.
The perpetrator was arrested for the crimes, tried, and eventually sentenced to 30 years in prison.