The Federal Bureau of Investigations arrested the assistant cruise director of the Norwegian Star cruise ship for engaging in sex with a 16 year old passenger and possessing child pornography.
29 year old Senad Djedovic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) for six years for a number of different NCL cruise ships
The 16 year old girl, from Minnesota, was sailing with her family on a 7 day cruise out of Tampa at the end of January. Djedovic met the girl shortly after she boarded the cruise. At the end of the cruise he engaged in sex with her in a stairwell on the cruise.
After the cruise, Djedovic exchanged emails with the girl which included explicit images and a video of him masturbating in front of a photo of the child.
One email included the message: I miss you big time . . . you little young girl.”
The child’s father allegedly told him earlier in the cruise that she was 16 years old. He apparently admitted to other crew members that she was only 16.
The FBI seized his computer which contained child pornography on a hard drive. Under a sub-folder entitled “scandals” there were several videos depicting sexual acts with 12 to 15 year old girls, which were downloaded from the internet.
The Department of Justice charged Djedovic with sexual abuse of a minor and possessing materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
Sexual abuse of minors during cruise by cruise staff and older passengers is one of the real dangers on cruise ships. Last month we reported on a Cunard children’s activities supervisor being arrested for child sexual abuse.
You can read about many other cases where crewmembers possessed child pornography or crewmembers and passengers sexually abused minors during cruises here, involving all of the major cruise lines – Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean.