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Peeping Tom From Ohio Could Get 10 Years Hard Time After Guilty Plea

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A convicted peeping Tom from Ohio admitted in federal court that he failed to register as a sex offender when he got here.

Jeffrey Cole, 57, of St. Thomas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court before Judge Curtis Gomez to failing to register as a sex offender.

According to court records, Cole was convicted for voyeurism in the State of Ohio in 2009.

He moved to the State of Georgia where he registered as a sex offender.

Cole relocated to the Virgin Islands in 2018, and failed to register as required by law.

Under federal law, Cole faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service (USMS).

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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