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St. Croix Man Accused Of Rape, Kidnapping Arrested By VIPD On Superior Court Bench Warrant

ephraim rivera

 ACCUSED OF RAPE: Ephraim Rivera

FREDERIKSTED — A 25-year-old St. Croix man was arrested by police on Friday in connection with kidnapping and rape charges, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

Ephraim Rivera was arrested on a Virgin Islands Superior Court bench warrant that states he is wanted for first-degree rape, first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful sexual contact and false imprisonment, the VIPD said.

Rivera attended an advice of rights hearing in Superior Court on Tuesday, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

He has been place under house arrest and forced to wear an electronic monitoring device, Dratte said.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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