Court documents reported by KSNV said that riders in a nearby glass pod took video of the encounter during a 30-minute ride above the Las Vegas Strip.
It is not clear how the Vegas visitors from far-flung states met.
The escapade is not the first time that the 550-foot Ferris wheel, billed as “The Happiest Half Hour in Vegas,” had been used as a not-quite-so-secret spot for intimacy.
Officials say that there has been an increase in patrons rolling the dice on getting caught at ride. One website even offers tips for having sex on the wheel, such as bringing a blanket and waiting until your pod reaches the attraction’s apex.
Scordianos’s lawyer Christopher Rasmussen told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the sky-high hijinks could not be called public sex acts because riders expect to have privacy in their pods.
Panzica and Scordianos were released on $3,000 bail and have a court date for March.
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.
Lovebirds accused of public sex on High Roller Ferris wheel in Las Vegas