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St. Croix’s Joseph Hanley Wanted For 1999 Rape, Incest Captured in Maryland

ROCKVILLE — A St. Croix man wanted for a 1999 rape in Christiansted was arrested in Maryland on Friday thanks to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Joseph Hanley, 60, was arrested based on a Superior Court bench warrant issued in 2004 charging him with incest, first-degree aggravated rape and first-degree rape, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Hanley was being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Maryland where he was met by VIPD detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau and transported to St. Croix.

Unable to post bail of $250,000, Hanley was remanded to the custody of the Golden Grove Detention Facility pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

The National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, has been called the lifeline of law enforcement—an electronic clearinghouse of crime data that can be tapped into by virtually every criminal justice agency nationwide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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