FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A 20-year Brazilian citizen entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Monday as he awaits trial for allegedly assaulting a teenage girl aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
Luiz Scavone is charged with one count of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, and in his initial court appearance earlier this month, Broward Judge John Hurley placed Scavone on immigration hold which is a no bond charge.
Judge Hurley was concerned that Scavone would flee the country if released, which might allow him to return to Brazil, which will not extradite citizens to the US.
Scavone and a juvenile allegedly lured a 15-year old girl from a teen club called Fuel on the Allure of the Seas during a recent cruise. According to arrest documents, both males refused to allow her to leave and raped her.
The girl immediately reported the alleged incident to ship officials, who alerted the FBI. Both suspects were arrested once the ship returned to Port Everglades.