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VIPD: St. Thomas’ Marciano Rivera Charged In Multiple Knifepoint Rapes of 13-Year-Old Boy

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested late Sunday night after being charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at knifepoint on at least five separate occasions, authorities said.

Marciano Rivera, 18, of 173B Anna’s Retreat was arrested about 10:45 p.m. Sunday and charged with first-degree aggravated rape, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Marciano Rivera on Facebook.

On Monday July 29 at about 6 p.m., the Criminal Investigation Bureau went to the Schneider Regional Medical Center to investigate a possible sexual assault.

When police arrived at the hospital, they interviewed a 13-year-old boy who told them he was sexually assaulted on July 15 about 4:30 p.m.

The boy told police he was sexually assaulted by an adult male on five separate occasions.

He said that the adult male held him at knifepoint, while sexually assaulting him.

He also said the adult male also threatened to kill him and other minor children if he told anyone about the rapes.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the Virgin Islands Police Department in confidence at (340) 774-2211, the Major Crime Unit at (340) 714-9830 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-8907.

You can also contact the paying anonymous tip line Crimestoppers USVI at 1-(800)-222-8477 or 911.

“We need your help and the entire community’s involvement,” said VIPD spokesman Karl Caesar.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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