- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A cruise ship employee who entered a cabin and molested a sleeping passenger has been sentenced to 13 months in prison.

Twenty-five-year-old Karan Seechurn was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. He pleaded guilty in April to abusive sexual contact.

Federal prosecutors say Seechurn was responsible for restocking guest room minibars on the five-day cruise from Bayonne, New Jersey, to the Bahamas.

He admitted he was off-duty when he entered the cabin and touched the woman’s genitalia Dec. 23. The woman awoke and pushed Seechurn off her.

Prosecutors say he threatened to burn down the ship if the woman reported it.

Seechurn is from the island nation of Mauritius.

He had faced up to three years in prison. He also received a year of supervised release.

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