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Sunday, Feb 19, 2017
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Feds: Cruise ship employee had sex with teenage passenger

TAMPA - An assistant cruise director for the Norwegian Star is facing federal child pornography charges after authorities say he had sex and exchanged explicit photos with a 16-year-old passenger. Senad Djedovic, 29, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, met the girl during a cruise she was on with her parents, according to a federal complaint affidavit. The girl and her parents are from Minnesota. The ship departed Tampa on Jan. 29 for a weeklong Caribbean cruise that ended Feb. 5. Djedovic met up with the girl after a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico. The pair had a sexual encounter in a staircase, the complaint states. The FBI interviewed the girl's father, who told agents his daughter introduced him to Djedovic and he "specifically advised" Djedovic that his daughter was 16.
Djedovic told investigators he gave the girl his work email address because his girlfriend had access to his personal email, the complaint states. He "admitted to exchanging a lot of emails with" the girl in the ensuing weeks. In one email, according to the complaint, he wrote, "I wish you said yes way earlier than the last day because we would have way more fun. I miss you big time…you little young girl." The two also sent each other "naughty" photos of themselves, the complaint states. He also sent a video showing him masturbating with a sexually explicit photo of the girl in the background. The FBI recovered at least 13 graphic photographs of the girl from Djedovic's work computer, according to the complaint. Agents also recovered other sexually explicit pictures that appeared to depict other minor teens. Djedovic came to the attention of authorities after he showed several crew members pictures of the girl, telling them she was 16 years old, according to the complaint. The cruise line's internal security team conducted an investigation and alerted the FBI last week. The cruise line released a statement saying the company conducted an internal investigation as soon as the ship's officers were alerted to the situation. "Norwegian Cruise Line has a policy of zero tolerance for crew and guest fraternization and will continue to fully cooperate with federal authorities in any subsequent prosecution,'' the statement said.

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