MARCH 23 2012 18:29h
Men plead guilty after having sex on ship
John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, both of Palm Springs, Calif., were ordered to pay $900 fines Thursday for the misdemeanor charges, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported.
The two men were arrested Wednesday after a witness reported seeing them having sex on the balcony of a cruise ship off the coast of the Caribbean island. The balcony was facing a town at the time and was about 150 feet from a street, said Atlantis Events President Rich Campbell, whose company arranged the cruise. Atlantis Events is a southern California company that specializes in travel for gays.
Because sex between two men is illegal in Dominica, Hart and Mayer were initially charged with sodomy, but authorities said the charge would take too long to prosecute, so the charge was reduced to indecent exposure.
Stevie St. John, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center said vacationers need to be aware of laws in other countries.
"I would suggest looking not only into the laws of where you're traveling to, but also whether there have been violent attacks," St. John said.
ROSEAU, Dominica, March 23 (UPI) -- Two California men pleaded guilty in Dominica to public indecency and lewd conduct for having sex on a cruise ship in view of the public.