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St. Croix Man Michael Ortiz, Wanted In The Rape of His Own 14-Year-Old Daughter, Turns Himself In To Police Without Incident


FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man wanted for the rape of of his own 14-year-old daughter turned himself into police without incident early Christmas Eve morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On December 24, 2016 about 2:30 a.m, Michael Ortiz, 30, turned himself in at the B Command Zone in Mars Hill Frederiksted, the VIPD said.

Ortiz was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated rape–domestic violence.

No bail was set as per the Virgin Islands domestic violence statute.

Ortiz was transported to the Golden Grove Detention Facility, pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

The VIPD transmitted the information about the arrest of Ortiz to the Virgin Islands Free Press at 3:26 p.m. on Saturday.

The police department says that it “cannot make these arrest without your information coming forward please call VIPD in St Thomas at (340) 774-2211, on St Croix (340) 778-2211 Crimestoppers VI at 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.”

JOB WELL DONE OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS: The VIPD proves that it will work even on the biggest holiday of the year to catch lawbreakers territory-wide. (Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. depicted in photo.)

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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