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St. Thomas’ Syanno Venzen Accused Of Multiple Counts of Child Abuse, Unlawful Sexual Contact

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with two female minors was arrested on Monday.

Syanno “Juice” Venzen, 22, of Charlotte Amalie was arrested at 7:12 a.m. on Monday and is charged with child abuse and unlawful sexual contact, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Venzen is accused of the crimes based on an incident that is alleged to have occurred at a house in Anna’s Retreat on August 19, 2018, according to the VIPD.

When an adult female said that Venzen was having inappropriate sexual contact with two female minors, VIPD detectives investigated the charges.

A warrant for Venzen’s arrest was drawn up on September 18 based on the results of the investigation.

Detectives made contact with Venzen and he agreed to turn himself in to authorities on Monday morning.

Unable to post bail of $10,000, Venzen was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.

Venzen says on social media’s Linkedin that he is currently a student at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).

Police urged anyone with information about this troubling incident to contact (340) 774-2211, 911 or the anonymous tip service Crimestoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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