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64-Year-Old Rock N’ Roll Guitarist James ‘J.J’ Johnston Arrested On St. Croix For ‘First-Degree Rape’ Of Crucian Child

ARRESTED: James “J.J.” Johnston

CHRISTIANSTED — A married senior citizen originally from the U.S. mainland who makes his money by playing guitar before local audiences and teaching young people how to play his instrument has been arrested on pedaphilia-related charges, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

James Lealand “J.J.” Johnston Jr., 64, was taken into police custody based on an arrest warrant issued by a Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands charging him with unlawful sexual contact in the first degree, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

The victim reported the incident took place on March 25, 2017, according to the VIPD.

Johnston’s bail was set at $100,000.00.  Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center.

Johnston was having unlawful sexual contact with his student while allegedly teaching the student how to play the guitar, police said.

To hear how the police wrote this new story as narrated by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte, press play below:

To see how J.J. Johnston (who preferred to play at The Golden Rail Restaurant at the Mill Harbour Condominiums in Estate Golden Rock with guest guitarist Steve Butters of Columbus, Ohio) portrayed himself on social media under the banner “Zone Radio,” click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/people/JJ-Johnston/100014152788739

ALLEGED CHILD RAPIST HIDES HIS FACE IN SHAME: James “J.J.” Johnston Jr. who preferred to play music at The Golden Rail restaurant in the Mill Harbour Condominiums in Estate Golden Rock (shown here in a Facebook profile picture the man himself posted) the site of multiple shootings of mainland tourists, thought he were slick. Johnston said his favorite guitarist here is Steve Butters. The restaurant/bar called “Seina’s Golden Rail” used to be called “Serendipity” when it was the site of multiple gunpoint robberies and violence on the grounds of the Mill Harbour Condominiums in Golden Rock.

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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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