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St. Thomas’ Osvaldo Tavarez Admits In Federal Court To Sex With 13-Year-Old Girl

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man admitted in federal court that he took a 13-year-old girl out his household to have sex with her.

Osvaldo Tavarez, 48, of St. Thomas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court before Judge Curtis Gomez, to one count of transporting a minor for illegal sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, on or around January 30, 2018, Tavarez transported a minor child in the household, then 13 years old, from an area in Bovoni to an area in Mariendahl, and performed an act of sexual intercourse with the minor which would amount to first degree aggravated rape under Virgin Islands law.

Tavarez faces a minimum sentence of 10 years incarceration and a maximum sentence of life. He also faces a minimum period of supervised release of five years and a maximum supervised release of life.

In addition, Tavarez faces a maximum fine of $250,000. His sentencing is scheduled for February 28, 2019.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard Potter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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