News and Press Releases

Man Charged with Sexual Assault of a Minor on Cruise Ship

April 3, 2013

GALVESTON, Texas – Todd Eric Nordahl, 49, of Tucson, Ariz., has been arrested on charges that he had sexual contact with a minor while in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

Nordahl was arrested Sunday, March 31, 2013, after the cruise ship returned to port. He is set for a probable cause hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John R. Froeschner Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, on or about March 27, 2013, Nordahl knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a boy he knew to be a minor.

The case arose after a Royal Caribbean security officer contacted the FBI, reporting allegations made by a 15-year-old boy on board the Mariner of the Seas while in international waters.

Nordahl allegedly provided an alcoholic beverage to the minor victim and purportedly made sexual advances toward him. After a brief period of “cuddling,” Nordahl performed oral sex on the minor boy, according to the criminal complaint. 

The FBI investigated with the cooperation of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Assistant United States Attorney Sherri. L. Zack is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.


Justice 101
USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Community Outreach

We are currently accepting applications for Law Student Interns. Click for more info.

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

Training and seminars for law enforcement agencies.

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.