Two California men pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in the island-nation of Dominica after being arrested during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean.
John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, told the court they regretted their actions. Police said they were witnessed having sex aboard the ship which prompted the arrest. The two were charged with suspicion of “buggery” or sodomy, which is illegal on the eastern Caribbean island where gay sex is outlawed. The men had to pay a $900 fine and were called “rogues and vagabonds” by the chief magistrate of the court. The pair made no comment regarding the verdict and police drove them to the airport and released them.
Atlantis Events, which is the event company that chartered the ship, said the experience of most of the passengers was very positive in Dominica and the company would return to the island.
“Please understand that the complaint and subsequent arrests had nothing to do with the guests’ sexual orientation, nor was any anti-gay law invoked. These guests were engaged in behavior that is inappropriate in any port of call, or major city for that matter,” said Atlantis president Rich Campbell. “The guests were never left on their own. We had both representatives from Atlantis and Celebrity cruises with them at all times during their ordeal and had our local representatives look after them last night. Furthermore, we worked closely with the US Embassy in Barbados to assure that their safety was always being monitored.”