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St. Croix Man Who Used Encryption App To Hide Child Porn Gets 30 Years!

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man who tried to hide his undercover videos of children in sex acts with himself got 30 years in prison from a federal judge on Tuesday, authorities said.

Gilroy D. Elcock, 47, of St. Croix, was sentenced for six counts of production of child pornography, two counts of aggravated rape first degree, and one count of possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis sentenced Elcock to 360 months for the federal production of child pornography and possession of child pornography charges, and to 15 years consecutive for the aggravated first degree rape charges.

The aggravated first degree rape counts will be served consecutive to the federal offenses. Judge Lewis also sentenced Elcock to supervised release for life and imposed a $700 special assessment.

Evidence presented at trial established that the defendant met J.S. and J.J.S.’s mother in October 2013. The mother and the defendant started dating and in January 2014, Elcock moved into the residence with the two children and their mother.

Elcock started having sexual relations with J.S., then age 16, and J.J.S., then age12, and used his cell phone to videorecord the sexual encounters.

According to the trial testimony, J.J.S. asked the defendant to stop the sexual encounters, but he continued.

The children’s mother spoke to J.J.S., after one of Elcock’s friends told her about a sex video of one of her daughters and Elcock. J.J.S. showed her mother Facebook messages between her and Elcock.

The messages were sexual in nature and when the mother saw the messages, she called the police.

The police spoke to the defendant, who denied having sexual contact with the minors and recording those encounters.

Elcock gave the police consent to search the phone in 2014, but no videos were recovered.

A second search in 2016 yielded seven videos depicting Elcock engaged in sexual acts with J.S. and J.J.S. The videos had been hidden, using an encryption App.

This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

https://casetext.com/case/united-states-v-elcock-1

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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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