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Gay Atlantis cruise passengers tell of 'humiliating' indecent exposure arrest in Dominica

BY DANICA COTO, ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Southern Californian said Friday that he and his partner were taunted, humiliated and subjected to inhumane treatment when they were arrested and jailed after being escorted off a gay cruise in the Caribbean this week.

Dennis Jay Mayer, 53, told The Associated Press that he has no doubt they were arrested in Dominica because they were gay. Police said it was because they were seen having sex in public on the balcony of their ship cabin. He said they were not having sex, but were "partially clothed."

Mayer, a retired deputy sheriff, spoke to the AP in San Juan, where he and his partner of 17 years, John Robert Hart, arrived after being released following their guilty plea to indecent exposure.

"The total experience was horrendous," he said. "They told us that they did not like us, that they did not like gay people."

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