Carnival Cruise employee arrested on sex charge


Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 8, 2003

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Carnival Cruise Line employee was held without bail Friday on charges he raped a passenger aboard the Legend as it neared Port Everglades.

Made Wirawan, a 24-year-old native of Indonesia, was charged with sexual battery and burglary with assault or battery, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said.

A 28-year-old woman said a man entered her cabin while she was sleeping early Thursday and raped her. The Legend, returning from an eight-day Caribbean cruise, was 7 miles out at sea.

After reporting the attack to Carnival security personnel, the woman was able to identify Wirawan as the attacker, police said. Wirawan allegedly used a master key card to enter her room.

The woman, who lives out-of-state, was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale for tests.

Jennifer de la Cruz, a spokeswoman for the cruise line, would not comment on the case.

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