FLORIDA – The Central Florida man accused of participating in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl on a cruise ship last month has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Casey Dickerson, 31, who has been incarcerated in Orange County since his Aug. 20 arrest, was indicted on two sexual crime charges on Wednesday. Dickerson was accused of forcing sex on a 15-year-old girl in a cabin aboard the Carnival Cruise Line vessel “Sensation.”
According to court records, Dickerson and his wife were on the cruise ship that left from Port Canaveral on Aug. 16. The couple had complained about noise and were given another cabin, but kept both rooms. The cruise rape victim told the FBI she and a friend went to Dickerson’s stateroom with him and four other boys, where she accuses Dickerson and the others of holding her down and forcibly having sex with her.
In this particular case, because the victim was under 16 years of age, even if she had consented to the sexual act, those involved would have still been accused of rape.
Dickerson claims he was intoxicated and did not know that the encounter with the victim had become “sexual” at any point. He separately, and seemingly inconsistently, denies having raped the girl.
In addition to Dickerson, several teenage boys have admitted to participating in the cruise ship rape, but have not yet been charged. Before they can be indicted, prosecutors must obtain permission from the Attorney General to file charges because they are juveniles.
Sexual assault is a serious crime, and any person – regardless of age – who has experienced any unwanted and unwelcome sexual conduct or assault is entitled to seek legal help. Our cruise rape lawyers have extensive experience litigating sexual assault and rape cases that occur on the high seas and will work diligently to help you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.
We have successfully handled many sexual assault and rape incidents occurring aboard many major cruise lines and have represented both passengers and crewmembers who have been victimized by a sexual offender. As a result of the cruise ship rape cases we have tried, our attorneys have obtained invaluable information regarding prior complaints of sexual assaults on cruise lines which, in several instances, assists in our representation of new clients due to the fact that certain cruise lines appear to have a pattern of continued disregard for dangerous situations.
Under the current law utilized by the Florida and Federal Courts in Florida, cruise lines are strictly liable for the intentional wrongful acts of its crew members, regardless of whether or not they were performed while the crew member was on duty or even aboard the ship. At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., our compassionate and experienced attorneys, protect the rights of sexual crime victims and work every day to make sure any and all persons responsible for such crimes are held accountable for their actions.
Published on September 17, 2012
Categories: Cruise Ship Rape & Sexual Assault