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Princess Cruise Line crew member arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

March 9, 2009 |  4:09 pm

A crew member with Princess Cruise Line was arrested today on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female passenger, federal authorities said.

The crew member, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody after the Federal Bureau of Investigation received the complaint about the assault and dispatched investigators and an evidence response team to the Coral Princess, which docked in Los Angeles this morning, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

The ship was on 14-day cruise through the Panama Canal, between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Los Angeles, Eimiller said.

The suspect is expected to make his first appearance Tuesday before a U.S. District Court magistrate, where he will face formal charges in connection with the incident.

-- Andrew Blankstein