Carnival Spa Manager Arrested on Prior Sexual Assault Charges, Previously Worked for Disney

Posted Aug 12th 2010 12:30 PMUpdated Aug 12th 2010 04:10 PM


A spa manager on the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old gymnastics student 10 years ago.

And AOL Travel News has learned the man, employed by shipboard spa concessionaire Steiner Transocean since 2004, also worked on other cruise ships including those of Disney Cruise Line.

Kaloyan Kaloyanov, 36, a Bulgarian native and former international gymnastics competitor, was taken into custody on the Carnival ship during a Mexican Riviera cruise from Long Beach, California, reports the Oakland Tribune. He had been on Fremont, California's Most Wanted List since 2002.

Kaloyanov was held in the brig for six days by Carnival security guards, before being handed over to law enforcement officials in Long Beach, a Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman says, adding the cruise line "fully cooperated" with authorities.

Before fleeing the country in 2002, and abandoning his wife and child, Kaloyanov had admitted to Fremont police to having had sexual relations two years before with the girl, who he had coached at a local gymnastics school.

Fremont police Detective Michael Gebhardt tells the Tribune that the department's sexual crimes unit started reviewing cold cases two weeks ago and found Kaloyanov's Facebook page (since taken down) on a Google search.

There were photos showing him posing in front of a number of cruise ships and he was tracked to the Splendor.

The Carnival spokesman says Kaloyanov worked in spas on the line's ships briefly in 2006, and returned to Carnival in July of last year.

But the former gymnast worked on several other ships as well.

He was hired by Steiner Transocean in Bulgaria six years ago and worked his way up from a fitness instructor to a management slot, Steiner Chief Operating Officer Glenn Fusfield tells AOL.

Kaloyanov worked for Steiner on ships including those of Disney, Fusfield says.

He adds the company did do a background check. "We have a very clean background check on him," Fusfield says.

Disney Cruise Line says in a statement, "Pre-employment background checks are conducted for crew members, and the U.S. State Department conducts background checks before issuing work visas to non-U.S. citizen crew members. Vendors who employ crew members on our ships, such as Steiner, are required to go through the same steps prior to hiring a new crew member."

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james russell

and I bet your IQ is under 70 moron. Consent goes with knowledge and the reason consent is not allowed by minors is they do not have the wisdom to go along with that type of consent. are you for the free-love society of the late 60s?

August 13 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
james russell

Then maybe you should read the entire article stupid. there is a warrant out for his arrest for sexual contact( could Be rape) of a minor. As he was representing himself as an instructor (read teacher here stupid) he had the responsibilty t oamek sure that nothing happened between him and the child he was mentoring. What you fail to understand is that even someone who is reached puberty and is 15 years old does not necessarily mean they understand the ramifications of their actions. That is why the are labeled by the states a juvenile.

August 13 2010 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

David - I hear that. My neighbors 15 year old daughter wanted to date a guy her parents disapproved of. I think he was 18. His mother worked for the local Child Welfare Service office. The kids told his mom she was being abused. CWS took the girl out of the home while they "investigated" the family. It took like 5 or 6 weeks. When it was all said and done, the family got a clean bill of health and when they returned the girl to her family she was pregnant. Couldn't sue CWS cause they were acting on a tip and were required to investigate. Couldn't kick girl out of the house, she was underage. Very, Very unhappy family.

August 13 2010 at 6:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

marksmant001- you sound like you are one of the sick perverts out there preying on children. The age of consent should not be dropped. Sexual predators should be sent away to a remote island with all the others and you can prey on each other.

August 13 2010 at 6:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You arrest this guy for sexual assault on a 15 year old 10 years ago....but you can't arrest the rich and elite like Roman Polanski for the rape of a 13 year old some 20 years ago. WHY IS THAT???

August 13 2010 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Oh, David. I find your response to Richard frightening, not only for the ignorance you espouse, but the way you express yourself. It was the Swiss who would not return Polanski to the U.S. to finish out his sentence. This is in defiance of a Los Angeles judge.(Since when is the Swiss government under control of the "pukeing" liberals?) Next time you comment, you will look less foolish if you 1) find out what the facts are before expressing an opinion, and 2) type your comments into a word processing program and avail yourself of the spell check feature. Now, take you medication and say good night.

August 13 2010 at 4:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

no one said it was 1810 but children also dont know the concequences for their actions what if they ended up pregnant or worse! There is no way they should lower the age of consent you dont see 15-16 year olds out of high school being able to support themselves now do you

August 12 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How typical - play the American Blame it Game. It all starts at home !

August 12 2010 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Johnston

If this bozo is convicted of the crimes he is accused of?

He best give his heart to Jesus--'cos his butt's gonna belong to Big Bubba and his merry men!

You play--even for twenty years?
You still, eventually, PAY!


August 12 2010 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
james russell

May have used his full bulgarian name and not the one the Police Department had or they misspelled the name in the NCIC wants. They should have also posted his fingerprints and DNA profile. The State Department has a record of screwing thing up.

August 12 2010 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The State Department has only the information other agencies care to share. If this person had a hit in NCIC, it would have shown up when he was fingerprinted for the visa. Also if any kind of interpol or wanted person (even without fingerprint record) record were out on the man, it would have shown up in the CLASS data base. With any of these hits in the system, the consular officer would not have been able to issue the visa. Therefore the screw up was not with the State Dept, but with the local law enforcement who never entered a lookout for this scumbag.

August 12 2010 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
james russell

You are the type of person the ruin the sites. KEEP YOUR STUPID A-- Ads off the sites.

August 12 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply