Carnival Spa Manager Arrested on Prior Sexual Assault Charges, Previously Worked for Disney

A spa manager on the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old gymnastics student 10 years ago.

And AOL Travel News has learned the man, employed by shipboard spa concessionaire Steiner Transocean since 2004, also worked on other cruise ships including those of Disney Cruise Line.

Kaloyan Kaloyanov, 36, a Bulgarian native and former international gymnastics competitor, was taken into custody on the Carnival ship during a Mexican Riviera cruise from Long Beach, California, reports the Oakland Tribune. He had been on Fremont, California's Most Wanted List since 2002.

Kaloyanov was held in the brig for six days by Carnival security guards, before being handed over to law enforcement officials in Long Beach, a Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman says, adding the cruise line "fully cooperated" with authorities.

Before fleeing the country in 2002, and abandoning his wife and child, Kaloyanov had admitted to Fremont police to having had sexual relations two years before with the girl, who he had coached at a local gymnastics school.

Fremont police Detective Michael Gebhardt tells the Tribune that the department's sexual crimes unit started reviewing cold cases two weeks ago and found Kaloyanov's Facebook page (since taken down) on a Google search.

There were photos showing him posing in front of a number of cruise ships and he was tracked to the Splendor.

The Carnival spokesman says Kaloyanov worked in spas on the line's ships briefly in 2006, and returned to Carnival in July of last year.

But the former gymnast worked on several other ships as well.

He was hired by Steiner Transocean in Bulgaria six years ago and worked his way up from a fitness instructor to a management slot, Steiner Chief Operating Officer Glenn Fusfield tells AOL.

Kaloyanov worked for Steiner on ships including those of Disney, Fusfield says.

He adds the company did do a background check. "We have a very clean background check on him," Fusfield says.

Disney Cruise Line says in a statement, "Pre-employment background checks are conducted for crew members, and the U.S. State Department conducts background checks before issuing work visas to non-U.S. citizen crew members. Vendors who employ crew members on our ships, such as Steiner, are required to go through the same steps prior to hiring a new crew member."

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