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South Florida Cruise Ship Employee Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Exploiting Minor He Met on Alaskan Voyage

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

MIAMI – Daniel Scott Crow, a 38-year-old cruise ship employee from Stuart, Fla., has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for enticing an underage girl he met on the ship into performing sexual acts with him and with producing child pornography by recording their sexual interactions. 

According to the criminal complaint affidavit, Crow met the victim while he was working aboard a cruise ship. The victim, a 16-year-old girl at the time, was vacationing with her family aboard the ship. After the cruise, Crow remained in contact with the victim and used a messaging application to solicit lewd photographs from her. Crow also met the victim—who was still under 18—at a hotel, where he engaged in sexual activity with her and recorded it. Crow stored the conversations and videos involving the victim on his cell phone.

Crow was apprehended after an ex-girlfriend of his made a complaint to the Port St. Lucie Police Department regarding the relationship between Crow and the victim. The ex-girlfriend discovered the relationship by checking Crow’s social media.   

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and acting Special Agent in Charge Michael E. Buckley, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

HSI, Fort Pierce Office, investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Hudock prosecuted it.  

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

If you have information regarding child sexual exploitation, or you believe you or a family member may have been a victim, please contact the HSI tip line at 1-866-347-2423.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at under case number 22-CR-14035.


Public Affairs Unit
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

Updated December 13, 2022

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