Police: Cruise passenger from Kentucky accused of kissing 5-year-old on mouth

A northern Kentucky man is accused of kissing a 5-year-old girl on the mouth while they were passengers on a cruise over the weekend, authorities said.

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According to an arrest affidavit, Ernest Richard Bishop Jr., 51, of Morning View, was arrested Monday and faces a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior on a child less than 16 years old, WPLG-TV reported. Bishop was arrested after the Carnival Sunrise cruise ship returned to Miami.

The affidavit stated that the victim’s father witnessed Bishop kissing the child while the ship was at sea on Saturday night, WTVJ reported.

When the cruise ship docked in Miami on Monday, officers located Bishop and transported him to the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Sexual Crime Investigations Unit for an interview, according to the television station.

Bishop declined to speak with detectives without an attorney present, WPLG reported.

According to court records, Bishop was released after posting $7,500 bail, according to the television station.

He is expected to appear in court in early November, WTVJ reported.