Ex-cruise ship employee gets 13 months in prison for sexual assault on passenger

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A former cruise ship employee was sentenced to 13 months in prison for touching a sleeping woman’s genitalia on a ship that docked in Bayonne, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. 

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Karan Seechurn, 26, who was arrested when the cruise ship arrived in Bayonne late last yearpleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in April to one count of abusive sexual contact, officials said.

Salas imposed the 13-month prison sentence, along with one year of supervised release, today in Newark federal court, authorities said.

Seechurn was employed by a cruise line and was responsible for restocking the minibars located in passengers’ rooms, and for that reason, was given a key to access the rooms, officials said.

He admitted that on Dec. 23, 2014, while he was off-duty, he entered a passenger’s room and encountered a sleeping woman and he touched the passenger’s genitalia while she was asleep, officials said.

The federal government has special maritime jurisdiction over sexual abuse cases, such as those that occur on cruise ships.

The cruise line in question was never identified by the federal government.