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St. Thomas’ John ‘Dah Rock’ Jackson Faces Minimum 15 Years In Prison On Federal Child Rape Related Charges

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal Grand Jury returned a ten count indictment against a former professional boxer on St. Thomas today.

John “Dah Rock” Jackson, 30, was charged with two counts of production of child pornography, three counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, one count of first-degree rape and three counts of aggravated second-degree rape, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said.

The indictment stems from Jackson allegedly engaging in sexual activity and then producing images of his sexual encounter with a fifteen year old female minor.

Under federal law, Jackson faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard Potter.

Shappert said that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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