Two gay men who were arrested and charged with indecent exposure during a cruise stop in Dominica have described their experiences in the hands of the island’s authority as ‘horrible.’
“It was a horrible experience,” Dennis Jay Mayer, one of the men arrested, told David Begnaud of television network, KTLA.
Mayer, 43, and his partner John Robert Hart, 41 both of Carlifornia, were arrested On Wednesday after they were reportedly seen having sex on the deck of the cruise ship. They pleaded guilty to indecent exposure on Thursday and fined $2,400 each.
“I’ve never seen something like this,” Mayer said. “I’ve never seen people chanting and protesting in the street. It was amazing.”
KTLA quoted Mayer as saying they were held in jail for 19 hours in inhumane conditions. “No light, no water, no toilet,” he said, describing the conditions. “We were taunted all night long. They paraded us around like we were some oddity.”
Mayer also told KTLA that the Dominican authorities even wanted them medically examined. “”They were going to transport us to a medical facility and have us medically examined to determine if we had engaged in sexual activity,” he said.
Hart and Mayer left Dominica on Thursday after making their court appearances and paying the fines.