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VITEMA Forecaster Gets Slap On The Wrist For Coercing Illegal Migrant To Have Sex With Him

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe



CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A shameless example of abuse of power by a Virgin Islands government official was given a slap on the wrist in federal court today for coercing an illegal immigrant to have sex with him by pretending to be a law enforcement officer.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced George W. Lewis, Jr., 50, of St. Thomas, to four months in prison and one year of supervised release for impersonating a federal officer and blackmail, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Judge Gomez also ordered Lewis to perform 400 hours of community service, and pay a special assessment of $125.
Lewis pleaded guilty on November 6, 2015, to two counts of an indictment charging him with impersonating a federal officer and blackmail.

According to court records, between October 2015 and January 2015, Lewis presented himself as being employed by immigration. In that pretend capacity, he befriended an illegal alien.



When that relationship ended, Lewis threatened to have the illegal alien deported even though Lewis knew he was not an employee of immigration and had no authority to do so.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney Everard Potter.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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