WFTV talks to man accused of raping teen girl on cruise ship

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV talked with a Casselberry man who's behind bars after investigators said a 15-year-old girl claims she was gang raped while on a Carnival cruise ship.

Investigators said the girl was raped on the Carnival Sensation cruise ship by the man who then encouraged other attackers to do the same.

WFTV's Jeff Deal talked with the suspect, 31-year-old Casey Dickerson, in jail on Tuesday.

Dickerson denied raping anyone.

"The cruise was great itself," said Dickerson.

It was supposed to be a fun vacation with his wife to the Bahamas, leaving on the Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral last Thursday.

Instead, Dickerson is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl while on board.

"What did you guys do in that room?" Deal asked.

"I'd rather not say," replied Dickerson.

"Did you rape that girl?" Deal asked.

"Not at all," he replied.

According to investigators, a group of underage people asked Dickerson to buy them alcohol.

"You admit you bought alcohol for them?" Deal asked.

"I admit I bought alcohol," said Dickerson.

Dickerson had access to two rooms because his wife had complained about noise early on in the cruise. Carnival gave them keys to a second room.

Investigators said the group started partying in the first room and that's where the 15-year-old claims she was essentially gang-raped.

Investigators said the girl first claims Dickerson raped her and then two underage boys raped her too.

Investigators said the boys said Dickerson told them to do it.

During the interview, Dickerson claimed he didn't know the age of the young people were, and when we pressed him on the rape allegations he suddenly decided to end the interview.

"You don't want to admit you raped that 15-year-old girl?" Deal asked.

"I didn't rape anybody, sir," replied Dickerson.

"Why do you think the feds put you in custody then?" asked Deal.

"Sir, I'd rather not answer any more questions," said Dickerson.

Carnival told WFTV it contacted authorities when it found out about the incident, and it is cooperating with the investigation.

WFTV is still waiting to see if the boys involved are also facing charges.

Dickerson is being held without bond.