Celebrity yacht owners Alex “Alex” Shoup and his sister, the yacht master, have been sentenced to six months in prison for their alleged sexual relationship with a 15-month-old boy.
The sentencing is the latest in a string of scandals that have engulfed the world’s biggest yachting companies and left the U.S. reeling.
Shoup, 52, was charged with six counts of second-degree rape in September.
The U.K.-based Yachtmaster Alliance said in a statement on Friday that the verdict was “an important milestone” in the investigation.
Shouters attorney, James Hargreaves, told reporters in court that the former “Sailor Moon” star had “taken responsibility” and was “very happy.”
He said Shouers lawyers had already told the judge that they had decided to appeal the sentence.
“We’re extremely pleased with the verdict,” Hargresays attorney, Michael Grieve, said after the hearing.
Shoutout to the prosecutors, judges and jurors who were so courageous and diligent in their investigation and prosecution of this case, and for the courage and diligence with which they pursued this case.
He also thanked the people of the U-K for their cooperation in bringing this case to a conclusion.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Shouppers attorneys said the “boy was not the child’s father.”
“He is a grown man,” the statement read.
“His father was not a part of the relationship.”
Shoup had no comment following the sentencing, which was broadcast live on the ABC News app and the BBC News website.
The YachtMaster Alliance has said that it had been in touch with Shoures lawyers in an attempt to resolve the matter.
In October, a judge in the U,K.
agreed to allow Shou’s attorneys to ask for a new trial, after a judge earlier ruled that Shoup should be released from prison.
Shoux was sentenced last year to 18 months in jail for having sex with a child in 2011, but he later appealed that decision.
In an interview with the British newspaper the Times, Shoup said that he did not rape the boy.
“I did not touch him,” he said at the time.
“He was a 15 year old boy.”
Shouples attorney said in court Friday that Shouyers lawyers had informed him that Shoux would appeal the ruling and he hoped the new judge would “make a different decision.”
Shoutouts to the judges and prosecutors who were brave and diligent and the courage with which and their investigation of this matter have led to this conviction, he said.