BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) —An Oregon man has been brought to Brevard County to stand trial for the alleged rape of a 13-year old girl on a cruise ship.
Justin Dolson, 27, is charged with lewd and lascivious on a victim under the age of 16.
Prosecutors say Dolson took a cruise on the Norwegian Epic out of Port Canaveral a year ago.
During the cruise, and in international waters, investigators said he lured a 13-year old girl into a hot tub and committed a sex crime.
Tod Goodyear, with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, said there was video from the ship that showed the pair in the hot tub together.
“It does not show any of the activity which took place underwater, but there was some evidence that they had been together and were in the hot tub together,” Goodyear said.
Authorities said Dolson spent months fighting extradition, but Central Florida prosecutors obtained a governor’s warrant and forced his arrest and transport to Brevard County, where he faced a judge on Friday.
Typically the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s handles crimes committed in international water.
The Epic has seen its share of troubles lately, with dozens of passengers arrested on drug charges in January, and a crash with a dock in February
Dolson’s bond has been set to $15,000.