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Judge rules in cruise ship sexual abuse case

A Mississippi man will serve 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl on a Carnival cruise earlier this year, the Alabama Press-Register reports.

The news outlet says Dylan Cole Bloodsworth, 19, of Gautier, Mississippi, was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Alabama after offering a tearful apology for what has been one of the most high profile crimes on a cruise ship in recent years. He pleaded guilty to the crime in August.

The incident, which took place on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation in March, involved a 13-year-old girl who was taking a cruise to Mexico with her family. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Murphy had told the court Bloodworth had sex with the girl after she agreed to go with him to get a jacket from his cabin.

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Bloodworth also is facing sexual battery charges in Mississippi in relation to another alleged incident with a 13-year-old girl, the Press-Register says.

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