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Andres Carmona-Ortiz, Who Forced 13-Year-Old Boy Into Oral Sex During A Hurricane, Gets 13 Years In Prison


LITTLE BOY BLEW: Andres Carmona-Ortiz

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A man who raped a 13-year-old child a little more than a year ago has been sentenced to only 13 years behind bars.

In accordance with a plea agreement offered by Attorney General Claude Earl Walker, V.I. Superior Court Judge James ‘Lewis’ Carroll III today handed down the punishment on Andres Carmona Ortiz.

“You basically destroyed this young man’s life… It’s a serious thing you did to him – not only physically, but also psychologically. This is something that he would have to deal with for the rest of his life,” the wobbly-kneed Judge Carroll said while handing down the sentence.

The 53-year-old, who was initially charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree aggravated rape, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape with attempt to commit rape and sodomy stemming from an Aug. 27, 2015, incident.

At Ortiz’s sentencing hearing, Elma Brathwaite, Victim Advocate at the Department of Justice, who spoke in behalf of the victim, implored the judge to “keep this defendant away from society for a long time.”


JAMES ‘SLAP ON THE WRIST’ CARROLL: Felt that one year for every year of the victm’s life was enough for brutal child rapist Andres Carmona-Ortiz of St. Thomas.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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