NR 15-69 Cruiseline Employee Arrested For Sexual Battery
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit has arrested a crewmember from the Carnival Valor cruise ship for an alleged incident involving a teenage cruise passenger. 46–year-old Yovany Sauzo-Batiz, a Honduran National, who is employed as a stateroom steward, was arrested this evening and charged with Sexual Battery of a person under 16 years of age and Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. He was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on $95,000 bond.
The investigation was initiated this morning after the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the ship’s security in reference to an incident that was reported by the victim’s father. The Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s and Crime Scene Units then responded and met the ship as it docked at Port Canaveral. It was learned that the victim was using the sauna when the crewmember made contact and initiated a conversation. The victim then moved to a shower area to avoid the suspect when the alleged sexual conduct occurred.
Immediately following the incident the victim identified the crewmember to his father who detained him with the assistance of other passengers until ship security arrived.
For additional information concerning this News Release, please call Major Tod Goodyear through the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 321-633-7162.