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VITEMA Operations Manager Ethelbert Benjamin Arrested For Rape During Height of Hurricane Season


ARRESTED: VITEMA’s Ethelbert Benjamin

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) operations manager has been arrested on St. Croix in connection with the rape of a 20-year-old woman, according to police.

Ethelbert “Bert” C. Benjamin, Jr., 56,  of Christiansted was arrested about 9:15 a.m. on Thursday on charges of first-degree rape, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

I’m not sure anyone’s going to be shocked by this news,” said Angela Maria Thomas on Facebook. “I mean some things are expected and this isn’t the first time this individual has been involved in something good like this. Got away the first time and like an ass went back and violated someone else. #scuntofthemonth “

VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said that Benjamin was remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending an advice of rights hearing.

The VIPD, Criminal Investigations Bureau, continue to ask the Community for information in solving Crime in the territory. You can call CIB on St. Thomas at (340) 774-2211 on St. Croix (340) 778-2211 or Crimestoppers VI at 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

“We can make this Virgin Islands safer for all us, the information you provide may make that difference,” Dratte said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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