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Elderly tourist fondles Sandals employee after getting married

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An elderly American tourist on Friday (Feb. 27) pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a Sandals La Toc employee – the same day he got married at the popular all-inclusive resort, a prosecutor has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO).

A Castries magistrate fined the 63-year-old man EC$10,000 for one count of indecent assault in which he is accused of touching and squeezing the buttocks of the female employee on stage while she was coordinating an entertainment event on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

The magistrate also ordered the man to pay EC$15,000 in compensation to the employee, who is in her early 20s.

An official from the Prosecution Department told SNO that at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the employee was coordinating an event in the area of the pool/bar for guests when the American came on the stage. The prosecutor said the man was not part of the activity and was not permitted on stage.

The man reportedly announced his marriage and was congratulated on the microphone by the employee and other guests. He remained on stage and got too close to the employee, making her feel uncomfortable, the prosecutor told SNO.

But the guest did not stop there. The prosecutor said during the first encounter the man passed his hand close to her breasts and vagina.

He also touched her buttocks on two consecutive occasions though the employee told him to stop and tried to stop him, the prosecutor said.

“He stopped a little while but did it a third time,” the prosecutor added. “When he did it a third time, he grabbed her buttocks, squeezed it and pulled it up. She held his hands and pushed him and told him to get off the stage.”

The humiliated and upset employee reported the matter to her employers then to the police, who arrested the guest on Feb. 25.

He was charged and brought to a magistrate’s court in Castries on Friday where he pleaded guilty.

According to the prosecutor, the man has until Monday to pay the fine of $10,000 and until next Friday to pay the compensation of $15,000. He will be sent to prison for a total of 12 months if he fails to pay both the fine and compensation.

He is currently out on bail, but not before being ordered to surrender his travel documents by the magistrate.

The prosecutor said the defendant’s wife was present in court. He was represented by an attorney.

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68 comments

  1. $15,000 for 3 squeezes, it better than nuttin but I woulda still sue his ass...finally we get some justice for our locals..although I suspect there was video evidence cuz dem hotels always protecting their guest first

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  2. Ah ah he did not know St.Lucia have the most beautiful ladies.He learned the hard way.

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  3. Ra as asst a when you rape your own women is that part of the package? Young lady that money will finished in no time cuz a Lucian man will beat the crap outta of you to get some of the money and if you don't give him some he might squeeze your ass make sure u call the police just saying my by smfh
    "Do

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  4. I don't Condon what the guest did to the woman, but my gosh were is the swift justice for all the women and little girls that have been raped by some Lucian men? That same swift justice should go for them too I think that should be the right thing to do right. Justice system in St.Lucia is a joke man

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  5. Gud!! Demand respect. Some women don't like to be respected. I saw my coworker got touch on her butt by a black customer. She never saidd a word or moved. She liked it. No respect. Shame on some women.

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  6. I'm not giving the guest right for what he did but our own Lucian men does sexually assault us rape us n we do nothing about it but because is a tourist n we figure well OK he has money let's gets some we go the extra mile to see it done.since u get it make full use of it

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    • im guessing since one rape victim didnt get her due justice none should,right?get ya head out ya buttocks paula.

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  7. He's a dirty old pervert just like Gary Glitter and Jimmy Saville. His history must be looked into.
    Hope the young lady gets over this offensive sexual incident and it doesn't effect her later on. You (she) handled the situation very well, and is mentally mature for her age, a credit to you.

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  8. Its time they put this guys yo yhe test let them pay

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  9. dat aint enough money make them man respect ppl.if is the states u talking bout 100000

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  10. Dirty old pervert, the fine is too little and he also need to pay way more for her pain and anguish, and spends some time behind bars see how he like it when some big dude grope him how about that.

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  11. We were sitting at the poolside bar when the old man did this. He was very inebriated! She definitely told him to stop. Just found out he was arrested. We had a great stay and EVERY employee i met i told them thanks with a smile!Wonderful place for our honeymoon! Thanks St. Lucia

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  12. For once I actually agree with BA ..

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  13. Girls !1 Girls !! Girls!! Make sure they keep their hands off, otherwise take action just like she did. You work hard enough for the little change, demand respect. I wonder what role hotel management plays to discourage these disrespectful behaviors. Don't be anybody's toys.

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  14. So a black tourist from the US of A did the same ting would he be in court?

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    • who ever it is, that is charge with an offence, and he or she pleads guilty to that charge! matter will be dealt with immediately by the magistrate or judge!

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  15. Zandoli!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    his name should be put in the sex offenders register!

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  16. They fines are the max that can be issued under or stature. And it is a fine or prison time. I am happy she took it to the full extent but it was a civic matter.
    When the scene is flipped they take the hotels or task not the guest so the payouts are astronomical.
    Hope this brand or swift justice continues.

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  17. Both fines should have been way higher than tht....

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  18. The word is "lose" not LOOSE. Learn to spell!

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  19. There is only one problem. The fine should have been in U S dollars !!!

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  20. Serves him right. .....too many times they come to our island thinking we hungry desperate and treat us with utomost disrespect.....this will serve as a warning for others......im wondering is he a sex offender?? Maybe our hotels in the future should run checks before their visits....it could have been worst. ....just saying

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  21. the article reads the perv was fined 10000.00 by the judge is that USD or ECD cause i presume it goes to the state? and cleasrly says 15000 ECD for the victim

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  22. I must admit, temptation must have gotten the better of him even during his wedding arrangement. Whether it is admitted or not, our chocolate pies are the envy of the eye. In civilized society though, man has learnt to resist temptation, and to see but don't touch. Failure to do so results in stiff penalties. She was at work, and should not be subjected to this humiliation. The hotels are not GO GO clubs. Beware of so called sex- tourism being pushed being advertised these days.

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  23. They never sd she was fired sd they hope she doesn't get read properly

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  24. Bravo my girl you didn't let dat pass in the name of tourism cause you know in this country the tourist is always right

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  25. Hard to resist but most pretend otherwise.

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  26. unknown sandals employee

    It happened to me this week as well. Its not a nice feeling trust me.

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  27. I am happy to learn:
    -The employee was not afraid to report the matter to her employer and the police
    -The employer did what was 'right'
    -The police were swift
    -The magistrate was swift

    I am unhappy that:
    -The guest was not named!
    -the guest was not charged more. But how much can pay the lady for what she endured? Should have put him on double the bail and paid her 100,000 EC.

    If you are reading this lady, i would like to encourage you to seek counselling, keep your head up and don't be intimidated. Take care.

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  28. Hmmmm, old prolly white pervert comes to st.lucia and catches jungle fever.....mate should juz roll on d woman in a more decent way, cuz like it or not most Lucian women, boyfriend or not married or not would've prolly given it up, doh ask for d hotel ones, he could've gotten dat "gud gud" for much less, do you know what Lucian women nowadays would do for $3 g'z??? lolol

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  29. st.lucians think before you speak.

    Excuse you. He pled guilty. So the case was dealt with speedily. If he pled not guilty then the case would go through trial.

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  30. He probably thought he was at 'a plantation on the beach,' and he could do whatever he wants with the slaves.

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  31. His wife should have divorce him by now.(PERVERT).

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  32. have some common sense

    N justice is served. Respect our young ppl . The fine should have been higher though, like 50 grand Us.

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  33. Wow! That was fast! Since the guest has money that went fine pretty fast... they should have ask for more, disrespectful much.!!!! To many times they think they could come on our little island Snr belittle our Women.. Serves him right. ..

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  34. The man pleaded guilty to the charge; the prosecution did not have to go to trial to find him guilty. So all the Magistrate had to do, was hand him the prison sentence or fine.

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  35. Well done...and that compensation money...and in her early 20s.....will go a long way ...wow!! Good job magistrate

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  36. Sadist papie

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  37. My girl u rite its high time we staff tk action to dese guests am happy for u,sum staff wil think day wil not go as far,becuz day wil think dat day wil lose their job,i wil standup by u.

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  38. Giving the guest more than wat he or she want, dat wat they stand for was that part of it, if was a staff dat touch a guest wat would they have than, keep your head high my girl you stand your ground there is a limit ,and guest is not always right

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  39. She will be fired once the smoke clears, is like yall forget how sandals operate....

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  40. He should be deported also.

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  41. And he got away only with a fine?
    Are you F..king kidding me?

    The woman was Sexually Assaulted.
    This amounts to Prison Time.

    How on earth can this individual allowed to go free?

    And i see many idiots on this board praising this, like it's some Justice, when this will for sure continue because it's just a matter of paying a "fee" for touching a female hotel worker's privates?
    It is NOT.
    It is even more embarrassing for the woman.

    No JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED THERE.

    But I have to ask, what kind of tourists is Sandals bringing on this Island?

    Should I be correct to say, that very soon, Hotel Resorts will have to do a background check on those miscreants being brought here.

    But there was absolutely NO JUSTICE HERE.
    BECAUSE THE SEX OFFENDER WAS ALLOWED TO GO FREE AND NOT SENT TO PRISON.

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  42. This upsets me. My dear if you felt so violated you shouldn't have settled for that little bit of money. If a black man did such to a white woman, I'm sure the whole of Saint Lucia would have to work the fields to give her the kind of money she would ask for. On the other hand I think you did this for money. If it was any other dirty sketel on the streets feeling you up, I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem. POOR YOU AND POOR OLD WHITE MAN! YOU BOTH LOST IN MY EYES.

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  43. good girl make his ass payy!

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  44. i like that cause befor anything they like to go un complain and have staff to loose their jobs for nun they always want compensation too that right in his ass its high time

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  45. NASTY OLD AMERICAN PERVERT. THE AUTHORITIES SHOULD CHECK THE FBI TO SEE IF HE IS A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ON VIAGRA.

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    • omg... as truthfully honest as your answer is - i jus couldnt help laughin .... hard.... best advice/comment on here.....

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  46. If it was Cal Fwet from Balca they would have his name in the article.

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  47. On what grounds was she fired?

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  48. Good justice. I like that she took matter into own handz

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  49. good girl! stand your grounds ! respect due!!

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  50. It was about time these people start getting charged for harassing the hotel workers. Didn't charge him enough. Make an example out of him so others will think twice before they disrespect people.

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  51. Country hard girl lolol u coulda rel get your American papers hahahahah

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  52. She was fired

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  53. Finally! It was about time a stance be taken against such disrespect to employees. Enough of that bs happening on island. We are here to offer a hospitable stay to guests in order to enjoy their vaca and surpass their expectations; being sexually harassed and assaulted is not part of the package.
    He should've been fined much more....make an example out of the perverted picks.

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  54. His wife eh have enough??

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  55. swift justice!!

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  56. Amazing how this matter was dealt with so quickly unlike other long n drawn out cases...i hope the employee isn't victimized or fired by sandals management as is the norm with these hotels and private sector businesses

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