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Man accused of sexually assaulting boy, 15, on cruise ship that docked in Galveston

Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Todd Nordahl

Todd Nordahl, 49, is being held in the Galveston County Jail.

A man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy aboard a cruise ship remains in federal custody Wednesday.

Todd Nordahl, of Arizona, was arrested when the Royal Caribbean cruise Mariner of the Seas, returning from a seven-night sail, docked in Galveston on Sunday. The case arose after a Royal Caribbean security officer contacted the FBI, reporting allegations made by a 15-year-old boy on board while in international waters.

On March 27, Nordahl allegedly provided an alcoholic beverage to the minor victim and purportedly made sexual advances toward him. After a brief period of "cuddling," prosecutors say he then sexually assaulted the boy.

Nordahl, 49, is being held in the Galveston County Jail as the investigation continues.

Royal Caribbean Cruises sent us a statement which read in part, "Royal Caribbean maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding any criminal activity onboard our ships. Any allegation of a crime is treated seriously and reported to law enforcement."

The Mariner of the Seas made port calls to Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico.
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