CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The girlfriend who witnessed the effects of her boyfriend’s physical and sexual abuse on his own daughter and failed to report it to authorities was arrested on St. Thomas Tuesday morning.
Jasmine L. Ware, 27, of Estate Ross, was arrested on at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday and charged with aggravated child abuse & neglect, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.
“Ware allegedly failed to report a sexual and physical assault committed by her boyfriend on his minor daughter,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.
Dexter Teschiera, Sr., 43, a native of St. Vincent,, faces the possibility of life in prison after his teen-aged child called police and said she’d been sexually and physically abused, and the adults in her home ignored her pleas for treatment for what turned out to be a broken collarbone, according to court records.
Ware was jailed without bail, in accordance with the territory’s domestic violence laws. The arrest of Ware was made by detectives in the VIPD’s Domestic Violence Unit.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact police by calling 911, the Domestic Violence Unit at (340) 774-2211 extension 5534, or 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.