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Saturday 24 March 2018

Men on gay cruise guilty of indecent exposure

James Maybury in Roseau

Two American men yesterday pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in Dominica after they were arrested during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean.

John Robert Hart (41) and Dennis Jay Mayer (43) of Palm Springs, California, apologised in court and said they regretted their actions.

Police said they were seen having sex in plain sight of people on land, prompting officers to board the ship and arrest them on Wednesday. The two initially were arrested on suspicion of the local equivalent of sodomy in the eastern Caribbean island, which prohibits sex between two men.

The men's lawyer, Bernadette Lambert, said they were remorseful. "They were struck by the beautiful mountains, the clean and clear fresh air and were having a few cocktails, and so threw caution to the wind," she told the court.

Chief Magistrate Evaline Baptiste fined them $900 and police drove the men to the airport after they were released.

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