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VIPD: Eddie Benitez Jr. Arrested On Rape Charge In St. Croix


ARRESTED: Eddie Benitez Jr.

FREDERIKSTED — A 35-year-old St. Croix man was arrested on a bench warrant charging him with rape-related charges, according to police.

Police said that Eddie Benitez, Jr. , 35, was arrested at 6:49 p.m. on Thursday on a charge of first-degree unlawful sexual contact based on a warrant issued by the Superior Court.

Bail for Benitez was set at $50,000.00. He was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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