Couple arrested for allegedly having sex in glass-encased cabin on ferris wheel
A couple's sexual escapades on a Las Vegas Ferris wheel have landed them in jail after the man and woman refused to stop their tryst, even after security guards warned the pair to get a hold of themselves.
Chloe Scordianos, 21, of Hicksville, New York, and Philip Frank Panzica III, 27, of Houston, Texas, were allegedly spotted having sex in a glass-enclosed cabin on the High Roller Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip about 3 p.m. Friday.
Caesars security officers told the couple over an intercom to "put out the cigarettes and to put all their clothes back on," according to court documents obtained KSNV.
They allegedly stopped what they were doing, but resumed their activities and ignored a second warning and stop what they were doing during the 30-minute ride.
The two were arrested when the ride was finally over and were charged with committing sex acts in public, a felony.
Scordianos—who had turned 21 that day—and Panzica allegedly told police "they were just having a good time and didn't think anyone would notice," according to the arrest report.
It is unclear how or when the pair met.
Police reported that surveillance footage showed the pair engaging in various sex acts and that other people on the 550-foot Ferris wheel also recorded the encounter.
Police watched the video and "clearly saw Scordianos laying on her back in the center of the cabin. Panzica was on his knees over Scordianos and removed her dress. He also removed his clothes while standing up, exposing his penis and bare buttocks, allowing anyone in public to see."
Several security officers and managers told police "sex acts and public indecency on the High Roller are happening more often which they fear will impact the reputation and business operations of the High Roller."
The pair was released on $3,000 bail and is due in court in March.
Scordiano's lawyer Christopher Rasmussen told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that: "people who ride the Linq believe they have an expectation of privacy in the individual cars."
"The cabins on the high roller are round and have glass walls from floor to ceiling allowing no privacy in the public place; the High Roller is also a visible tourist landmark at the center of the Las Vegas Strip," the arrest report said.
Public sex is a class D felony in Nevada, punishable by between one and four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.