Queen Mary 2 Crew Member Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

Posted Sep 17th 2010 10:38 AMUpdated Sep 17th 2010 10:58 AM

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A 40-year-old stage hand on the luxury Cunard ship Queen Mary 2 has been sentenced to 120 days in jail on child pornography charges. Canadian law enforcement officials say they found sexually explicit movies featuring children on the man's laptop computer.

Edward Mangubat, of the Philippines, was arrested by Canada Border Services Agency officers when the ship docked in Halifax. The married father of three, whose wife is pregnant with the couple's fourth child, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of illegal goods.

Prosecutor Mark Donohue told the court another crew member had found the porn when he borrowed a USB thumb drive from Mangubat.

This was the third such arrest involving a cruise ship crew member in Halifax this year.

Nyoman Putra, 26, of Indonesia, who worked as an assistant room steward on the Carnival Glory, pleaded guilty this week to smuggling child porn into Canada. He had been arrested in late August when the ship called at Halifax on a 5-day cruise from New York. Putra was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

A Filipino man who worked as an assistant waiter on the Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica was also arrested at the Port of Halifax in May, and later sentenced to four months in jail for possession and importation of child pornography.

Prosecutor Donohue says the border agency is committed to keeping visitors from bringing child pornography into the country.



Photo, Trondheim Havn, flickr
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