Man addresses Vegas Strip Ferris wheel sex accusations

LAS VEGAS -- A man facing felony charges for allegedly having sex on a glass-enclosed Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas strip spoke openly for the first time about the accusations.

Las Vegas police said Phillip Frank Panzica III, of Houston, and Chloe Scordianos, of New York, were arrested for committing sex acts in public on Feb. 5.

Officials said the two were aboard the famous "High Roller" Ferris wheel when they started having sex during the 30-minute ride 550 feet above the city.

Panzica said he was actually supposed to get married that day to another woman, Mistie Bozant. But Panzica said they had a fight after he thought she was pregnant with another man's baby. That's when Panzica said he met Scordianos.

"One thing led to another, she was there by herself," Panzica explained.

When asked if he knew they would have sex before he got on the Ferris wheel, Panzica nodded his head, but added, "It wasn't planned, it was just, I felt it."

After her fiance spent two days behind bars, Bozant posted $3,000 bail and he was released. Panzica said he feels bad about everything that transpired.

On Tuesday, a Las Vegas judge set a March 9 date to see if the charges against Panzica and Scordianos could be resolved without trial.

Police said surveillance cameras captured the act. Images haven't been made public.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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