Men Plead Guilty in Cruise Ship Arrest
BY Lucas Grindley
March 23 2012 1:46 AM ET
The two men who were arrested by police in Dominica after being spotted having sex on a gay cruise have pleaded guilty, and the cruise ship operator says the debacle has nothing to do with their sexual orientation.
The Associated Press reports that John Robert Hart and Dennis Jay Mayer pleaded guilty Thursday to "indecent exposure," paid a nearly $900 fine, and then headed to the airport.
Rich Campbell, president of Atlantis Events, which operated the cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit ship, took to Facebook to shoot down any suggestion that the men were arrested because it's illegal for men to have sex with each other in Dominica.
Campbell said the two men "were seen engaging in a sexual act outdoors on their balcony in full public view of the port and town. Not only did many of the residents witness the act, several of our guests saw this incident as well." Campbell said police responded to complaints from residents.
Campbell said Atlantis ensured that a cruise line representative was with them throughout the ordeal. But he said the situation wasn't a result of their being gay.
"Please understand that the complaint and subsequent arrests had nothing to do with the guests’ sexual orientation, nor was any 'anti-gay' law invoked," he wrote to Facebook followers who he said had their facts incorrect. "These guests were engaged in behavior that is inappropriate in any port of call, or major city for that matter."
Read the complete statement on the following page.
- Buck Angel Shuts Down Transgender Surgery Fundraising Site
- PHOTOS: 6 Couples Australia's High Court Says Aren't Married Anymore
- WATCH: The Best of LGBT Chorus Holiday Music
- WATCH: Right Wing Swoons Over Antigay Colo. Baker Ready to Go to Jail for Jesus
- PHOTOS: India's Supreme Court Reinstates Sodomy Ban
- One Day in Big Gaylarious America
- Day in LGBT America PHOTOS: One Day in Big Gaylarious America 28 min 53 sec ago
- Holiday Gifts for Everyone 15 Gifts to Keep You Gorgeous 1 hour 29 min ago
- Acceptance Matters Op-ed: Differences Don't Make Families Inferior 2 hours 28 min ago
- Parenting Nonprofit Serves Up Resource to Answer LGBT Parents' Questions 2 hours 29 min ago
- Marriage Equality Australia's High Court Says These Couples Aren't Married December 11 2013 8:37 PM
- Women Meet Gender Scientist Anne Fausto-Sterling December 11 2013 7:42 PM
- Women WATCH: Michelle Chamuel Returns to The Voice with 'Go Down Singing' December 11 2013 7:10 PM