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‘Several Female Minors’ Abused, Including Child Rape At Richmond Project

CHRISTIANSTED — Two Estate Richmond residents were arrested today and charged with child abuse in connection to an alleged child rape at a St. Croix housing community, authorities said.

Francisco J. Carmona, 34 ,and Joanne Ruiz-Carmona, 38, each of D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace were arrested early today on bench warrants issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD mugshot of Francisco J. Carmona, 38, of D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace in Richmond in St. Croix.

Carmona was charged with first-degree aggravated rape, child abuse and first-degree unlawful sexual contact, according to the VIPD. Ruiz-Carmona was charged with child abuse and child neglect, police said.

“Detectives received a complaint in July of 2019 that a sexual assault occurred, and that several female minors were being abused,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

VIPD mugshot of Joanna Ruiz-Carmona, 34, of D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace in Richmond, St. Croix.

An investigation was conducted that lead to a warrant being issued for the arrest of Carmona and Ruiz-Carmona, Derima said.

Bail for Carmona was set at $150,000. Bail Ruiz-Carmona was set at $15,000.

Unable to post bail, Carmona and Ruiz-Carmona were each remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending advice-of-rights hearings.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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