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VIPD: St. Thomas’ Marciano Rivera Arrested In Rape Of Minor

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An 18-year-old St. Thomas man has been charged in the rape of a minor, authorities said.

Marciano Rivera was arrested about 7 p.m. Thursday and charged with first-degree aggravated rape, first-degree unlawful sexual contact and child abuse of a minor, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Marciano bail was set at $250,000. Unable to post bail he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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