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Cruise ship worker acquitted after nearly three years in prison | New

A cruise ship worker jailed for rape for nearly three years was found not guilty by a federal jury and was eventually able to return to the Philippines and be reunited with his family with the help of the local Filipino community and those who worked on his case. , his lawyer said on Friday.

Louie Ison Mangampat, 40, a Filipino citizen, was working on board the Celebrity Equinox when he was initially arrested in September 2019 and charged with forcibly aggravated sexual abuse. A hate crime charge was added in November, accusing Mangampat of willfully causing bodily harm “due to the alleged victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation”.