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St. Thomas Teacher Charged With 2 Counts Of Child Sexual Assault In Colorado

CHARLOTTE AMALIEI — A current U.S. Virgin Islands teacher has been charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault on a child in Colorado, according to the Hayden Police Department.

James Dingle, 63, was located and arrested by federal officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands on a warrant issued out of Colorado, according to the 14th Judicial District Court. Dingle was formally charged with two class three felonies of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

If found guilty, the charges carry a sentence from four years to life in prison.

A former Routt County resident, Dingle now resides in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he recently began work at a school here, according to authorities.

Dingle had left the Hayden School District earlier this year, which is where the alleged offenses were reported to have occurred, according to the court.

Dingle remains in custody in Florida while he awaits extradition back to Colorado.

The Hayden Police Department investigated the case, and the arrest was made with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal Service and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hayden, Colorado has a population of 1,810.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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