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Philippines Native Threatens To Harm Woman To Get Sex On Cruise Ship Bound 4 STT

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man from the Philippines has been charged with threatening injury in order to induce sex from a woman, authorities said.

United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands said today that a federal indictment has been handed down charging a Filipino national, Louis Isom Mangampat, with aggravated sexual abuse.

Mangampat was arraigned in federal court today in St. Thomas.

According to the indictment, Mangampat sexually assaulted a woman while on board a cruise ship bound for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In a video-recorded and handwritten statement provided to authorities by the Celebrity cruise line, Mangampat admitted having sex with the woman “but claimed it was consensual,” according to an affidavit in the case.

In a later interview with the FBI, however, Mangampat denied having even consensual sex “and claimed instead that the two had only kissed.”

Mangampat is a crewman on board of the Celebrity cruise ship Equinox.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Blecher.

An indictment is merely a formal charging document, and it is not in and of itself evidence of guilt, Shappert said.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law..” she said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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