Close X

Ex-Cheerleading Coach Who Committed Sexual Assault on Cruise Ship Found Guilty of Two Felonies

Posted by Fay Arfa | Feb 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

            LOS ANGELES – A former cheerleading coach has been found guilty of two federal felony charges for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman on a cruise ship bound from Long Beach to Ensenada, Mexico during the summer of 2015.

            Anthony Paul De La Torriente, 30, of Simi Valley, on Wednesday was found guilty by a jury of one count of sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact. In reaching the verdict, the jury found that De La Torriente knew the victim was physically unable to decline participation or she had communicated unwillingness to engage in the sexual act.

United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer has scheduled a June 10 sentencing hearing, where De La Torriente faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

            During the one-week trial, prosecutors presented evidence that De La Torriente volunteered to stay alone in the victim's cabin with the victim, whose severe intoxication from a daytime excursion in Ensenada had worried their colleagues, while the colleagues got food on the cruise ship. Once alone with the victim, De La Torriente sexually assaulted her. When their colleagues returned, they found the victim's cabin door had been double-locked from the inside. When De La Torriente eventually unlocked the door and allowed their colleagues inside, the victim identified De La Torriente as her assailant.

            The victim reported the assault to the cruise ship's medical and security staff. Swabs taken from the victim's body matched De La Torriente's DNA while swabs taken from inside and outside of his underwear matched the victim's DNA.

About the Author

Fay Arfa

Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Board Certifications

Contact Us Today

Fay Arfa is committed to answering your questions about Trials, Appeals, Habeas Corpus, State Crimes, Federal Crimes, and Sex Crimes law issues in California.

We offer a free telephone consultation and we'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.