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St. Thomas Suspect Surrenders To Police On Child Sexual Assault Charges: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man surrendered to authorities without incident this weekend after learning that he was wanted for “several” instances of the sexual assault of a child, police said.

Jefferson Faustin, 31, of Estate Lovenlund, was arrested at 9:48 p.m. Saturday and charged with aggravated rape, child abuse, and unlawful sexual contact, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Faustin allegedly sexually assaulted a minor female on several occasions,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Faustin was set at $75,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the V.I. Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Detectives are urging anyone with any information regarding this crime to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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