Wednesday, March 25, 2015 cruise ship passenger Joseph Allen, 44, was under ship's arrest by security while the Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Triumph was on a Caribbean cruise to Mexico. Carnival Triumph arrived in Galveston, Texas, on Saturday March 28, where Allen was immediately removed from the cruise ship. He now faces federal charges by the FBI for a child abuse case. If convicted, he could be sentenced to five years in federal prison. FBI jurisdiction is based on: 18 U.S. Code § 113 - Assaults within maritime and territorial jurisdiction
(a) Whoever, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, is guilty of an assault shall be punished as follows:
(7) Assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a spouse or intimate partner, a dating partner, or an individual who has not attained the age of 16 years, by a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both.
The case was reported after Allen and a 14-year-old boy described as his step-son were reported to security for a making a disturbance aboard Carnival Triumph after the cruise ship left Progreso, Mexico. When security arrived around 3:45 pm at their stateroom, cabin #6341, security was told everything was alright and they left.
Then, Joseph Allen came back to their cabin. Words were exchanged and during the exchange Allen called his wife "a bitch", which drew verbal defense by one or both of her sons. The argument continued out into the hallway of the cruise ship, continuing to the elevator.
Around 4:15 pm, another couple from cabin #6288 witnessed the victim on the floor, his face bloody and swollen, his shirt splattered with blood. The couple reported to security, Allen's hands around the victim's throat. Security was called again. The boy had been severely beaten.
When security arrived a report was taken, the victim went to the medical center aboard the Carnival Triumph. It was observed that the victim had a cut below his right eye requiring closing, bruising and swelling on the right side of this face, including lacerations on the right side of his mouth. Further, the ship's doctor observed the victim had a chipped front tooth.
The boy and his mother went into Cozumel, Mexico for the boy to be seen by a doctor. Then, the pair reboarded Carnival Triumph and continued the cruise.
Allen was interviewed by ship's security and confined to a cabin, until the cruise ship reached Galveston, Texas, where he was arrested. Security reported Allen demanding his money back for the cruise.
Allen appeared in court on March 30, 2015, was ordered a public offender, for which he will pay $1000 in attorney fees which must be paid before June 1, 2015 and he was given a $10,000 unsecured bond. It was furthered ordered that Allen attend substance abuse counseling.
A court date has not been set at this time. We will follow up and add to this case. The court documents we have attained in this case so far follow. We will add more court documents as the case further unfolds.
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