Local Man Found Guilty of Sexual Battery On Jacksonville-Based Cruise Ship

Jul 19, 2018

A 23-year-old Jacksonville man could get life in prison for a sexual battery that happened on the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation in February.

The Elation sails from the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal. 

Brian James Holland was found guilty Wednesday by a federal jury.

According to evidence presented at his trial, the victim was a woman with an intellectual disability.

She reported the forced sexual act that took place in a hot tub to her family.  Two other passengers who witnessed the incident backed up her story, according to a news release from the Federal Department of Justice.

Holland’s sentencing is set for October 22.

Contact Jessica Palombo at 904-358-6315, jpalombo@wjct.org or on Twitter at @JessicaPubRadio.

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