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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cruise Line Employee Sentenced To 13 Months In Prison For Abusive Sexual Contact Of Sleeping Woman On Cruise Ship

NEWARK, N.J. – A Mauritius man was sentenced today to 13 months in prison for sexually abusing a sleeping woman aboard a cruise ship, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.

Karan Seechurn, 26, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to an information charging him with one count of abusive sexual contact. Judge Salas imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Seechurn was employed by a cruise line and was responsible for restocking the minibars located in passengers’ rooms. In order to conduct this duty, he was provided with a key that gave him access to passengers’ rooms. Seechurn admitted that on Dec. 23, 2014, while he was off-duty, he entered a passenger’s room and encountered a sleeping woman. Seechurn admitted that he touched the passenger’s genitalia while she was asleep. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Salas sentenced Seechurn to one year of supervised release.

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

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Williams of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crime Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel: Linda Foster Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

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Updated February 4, 2016