A 30-year-old man originally from Mississippi, has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor while on board a cruise ship bound for Bermuda from Boston.

According to a report in the Boston Globe, the US resident was charged on Wednesday, in a Massachusetts Federal Court with assaulting a minor, after the incident was reported to ship security, who in turn notified local authorities.

US prosecutors said in a news statement that he is currently awaiting extradition from Bermuda to the United States. Police arrested the man in question and notified officials in the US after the child reported the incident to local ship security.

In a statement released this morning, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) confirmed that it was assisting with the investigation. A spokesman said the BPS is aware of the report “of a sexual assault against a minor that took place on a cruise ship that was berthed in Bermuda recently”.

“The BPS did the initial response and determined all parties involved were US citizens. In accordance with international practice the matter was handed over to an overseas law enforcement partner agency to complete the investigation,” he said.

While noting that the BPS “is assisting the investigation”, he said: “Child safeguarding is a Service priority. Accepted best practice dictates that we not comment on the specifics of any investigation that involves minors,” he added.