Former Cunard employee pleads guilty to 24 sex offences
The cruise line Cunard says it is improving safeguards to protect children on board its ships after a former employee pleaded guilty to 24 sex offences between November 2007 and August 2011. The Cunard employee, Paul Trotter, now 34, made videos of himself abusing the boys, all of whom were under the age of 13, on all three of the line’s vessels. He admitted abusing 13 boys while supervising them in the children’s play area.
The company’s president, Peter Shanks, said he was “deeply shocked” at the news. “Paul Trotter was able to avoid detection despite all of our youth staff, including Mr Trotter, having had their criminal records checked,” he said. “We have closed circuit TV on board all of our ships, including all of the children’s clubs, and our own rules dictate that a minimum of two members of staff are to be with children at all times.”
These safeguards appear not to have worked. Cunard says it is looking at how to make its safeguards safer.
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