Cruise security was looking for woman who said she was sexually assaulted

Father, ship's officer tried to find alleged victim after she left ship's late-night disco

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2003

A cruise-ship security officer was trying to locate a woman while she allegedly was being sexually assaulted in another passenger's cabin last week, according to Juneau court records.

Guillermo Orozco, 28, a Mexican citizen who resides in Mexico's Yucatan region, appeared Thursday in Juneau District Court on a charge of first-degree sexual assault. Juneau District Judge Peter Froehlich ordered him to be held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

The alleged victim was a 22-year-old woman from El Paso, Texas. Like Orozco, she was a passenger on the Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Sea. Telephone calls seeking comment from Royal Caribbean spokesmen were not returned.

After the alleged assault, the woman was found by a security officer and the woman's father, who had been looking for her, according to the criminal complaint filed against Orozco.

The complaint alleges that Orozco asked a woman to help him get back to his cabin from the ship's disco at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday while the ship was sailing from near Glacier Bay to Skagway. At his cabin, Orozco allegedly pulled the woman inside, pinned her down on his bed and forced her to have sexual intercourse four times.

Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner told Froehlich on Thursday there could be up to four charges against Orozco.

The alleged victim told authorities she had told the defendant she did not want to have sex with him and continued to make the point while struggling through the attack.

She also said Orozco's 15-year-old brother and his 15-year-old cousin were in the room during the attack, one in the cabin's upper bunk and the other in a separate bed. She alleged the defendant called for his brother to join in, but the brother told Orozco he was "loco" and shouldn't be doing what he was doing, according to the criminal complaint.

When Orozco went to use the cabin's restroom, the alleged victim hurriedly dressed and left the room, to be found by her father and a member of the ship's security, according to the complaint.

Orozco was arrested in Skagway and transported to Juneau on Thursday for his initial court appearance.

Froehlich scheduled Orozco's next court appearance for this Friday.

Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.



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