GALVESTON, Texas – A 49-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he was accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy while traveling on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Todd Eric Nordahl, of Tucson, Ariz., is charged with sexual abuse of a minor while in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said on Wednesday.
Nordahl was taken into custody when the cruise ship, Mariner of the Seas, returned to port in Galveston, Magidson said.
According to the criminal complaint, on or about March 27, Nordahl knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a teenage boy he knew to be a minor.
The 15-year-old contacted a security officer on the cruise ship about the alleged incident, who reported the case to the FBI, Magidson said.
After inviting the victim back to his room, Nordahl allegedly provided an alcoholic beverage to the teen and made sexual advances toward him. After a brief period of “cuddling,” Nordahl performed oral sex on the victim, according to the criminal complaint.
The FBI investigated with the cooperation of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Magidson said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack is prosecuting the case.