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Gazette Premium Content Cruise worker accused of raping passenger

Associated Press Updated: February 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A cruise ship worker is accused of raping a passenger aboard a Holland America Line vessel and then trying to throw her overboard, authorities said Tuesday.

The FBI reports that 28-year-old Ketut Pujayasa was arrested Sunday when the MS Nieuw Amsterdam returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The incident occurred early Friday morning in international waters off the coast of Roatan, Honduras.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim — a 31-year-old U.S. woman — told investigators she was attacked and raped in her stateroom. The attacker tried to throw her from the balcony, but she escaped and received help from another passenger.

Pujayasa initially left the room but then turned himself in. The report says the Indonesian man told investigators he attacked the victim because she had disrespected him earlier.

Pujayasa is charged with attempt to commit murder and aggravated sexual abuse.

An email seeking comment from Holland America Line wasn't immediately answered.

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