Per Fox 11, authorities were alerted to the incident when several bystanders, including two juveniles, witnessed David Davis and Heather Johnston, both 32, allegedly engaging in sexual acts while riding the 145-foot tall Giant Wheel ride in the park. According to police, the pair first denied that anything indecent took place, using the excuse that the woman had dropped her cigarettes and was bent over looking for them while her partner helped.
Witnesses claim that wasn’t what happened. They said they saw the couple naked and having sex in the cart above them. Per the police report, riders observed the ferris wheel gondola shaking and witnesses saw “both the male and female moving back and forth.”
“The group said that the couple knew that they were watching and started laughing and continued their behavior,” the police report continued. The girls said they clearly saw the man’s genitals and one of them told the police that the experience “was very traumatizing for her,” according to PennLive.
According to Fox 11, the couple later admitted that they were indeed having sex on the ride. The man and woman appeared Monday in Sandusky Municipal Court and posted bond, court records show. Public indecency charges are first-degree misdemeanors.
Cedar Point is a popular amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio, about 60 miles west of Cleveland. The park boasts 70 rides and touts itself as the perfect outing for the whole family.
A description of the Giant Wheel says it’s “one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the United States.”
“Riders are taken up and above the Lake Erie shoreline with views as far as the eyes will take them. While those seeking out the ultimate thrill are next door at Wicked Twister, this ride has brought riders back for more since its opening in 1972,” the description continues.
“Travel 145 feet in the air, gripping at the sides of one of 36 cabins, each filled with travelers awed by the sights and sounds that only this vantage point can provide. You’ll be able to see the whole park, and the whole park will be able to see you, especially at night when Giant Wheel lights up. You can’t miss the illumination along the skyline. After all, it has more lights than any other ride at the park. See you up there,” the description reads.
The description also cautions guests to remain buckled in their seats for safety reasons during the ride.