Two gay men from Eastern Shore Lane in Southern California, Dennis Jay Mayer and John Robert Hart who pleaded guilty to the charge of “Indecent Exposure” were scheduled to leave the island on Thursday, after paying a fine of EC$2,400.00 each.
The court heard that the men were seen on the balcony of the cruise ship, Celebrity X Cruises, naked, fondling each other.
Hart, a retired police officer and Mayer a personal assistant real estate agent told the court, ”We are sorry for what happened, we regret the incident and humbly apologize to the people of Dominica.”
When approached by the police about the incident, Hart said, “We were naked on the balcony but we were not having sex.” Mayer’s explanation was, “I’m not involved….but was slightly undressed on my balcony.”
In mitigation, defense lawyer Bernadette Lambert told the court that her clients regretted the incident and never intended to offend the laws of Dominica.
“They were struck by the beautiful mountains, clear fresh water and beauty of the island and they also had a few cock-tails and so threw caution to the wind. They came here for a good time and did not mean to offend the laws of the country,” she said.
She told the court that both men were of good character and they had fully co-operated with the police and begged for a non-custodial sentence. “They are extremely remorseful,” she said.
Both men then apologized to the court for their actions but were told by Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste that they had behaved like “rogues and vagabonds.”