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St. Croix’s Josue Navarro Gets 2.5 Years In Prison For Trying To Solicit A Minor For Sex With Him

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man got 2.5 years in jail for using the Internet to try to seduce a minor into having sex with him.

Josue Navarro, 37 of St. Croix, was sentenced on Friday for attempted coercion and enticement for illegal sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis sentenced Navarro to 30 months and three years of supervised release.

Judge Lewis also ordered him to pay a fine of $1,000 and a $100 special assessment.

On August 30, 2018, Navarro pleaded guilty to attempted coercion and enticement for illegal sexual activity.

According to the plea agreement filed in court, on or about June 23, 2017 to June 25, 2017, law enforcement officers operating in an undercover capacity, created and posted ads online.

The post was captioned “home 4 the summer, looking fun in the sun NSA.” The ad was posted by a law enforcement officer posing as a 14-year-old female named “Niema.”

On June 24, 2017 at 8:43 p.m., “Niema” asked the defendant if he brought something “cause I don’t wanna get pregnant, my mother will kill me,” to which the defendant responded “yes.”

At 9:03 p.m. “Niema” told the defendant she was 14.

At 9:18 p.m., the defendant said “[L]emme come get you n we go get whatever it is u want.”

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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