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St. Croix Man Arrested For Rape Near Baseball Field In Sion Farm: VIPD

SUNNY IISLE — A St. Croix man was arrested for a weekend rape that took place near a baseball field 10 days ago, authorities said.

Roldeson Lazard, 21, of Sion Farm, was arrested at 11:21 a.m. Monday and charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping-false imprisonment, unlawful sexual contact, simple assault and battery, and disturbance of the peace, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The charges against Lazard stem from a date rape that occurred on October 16, at the Rudy Krigger Ballpark in Sion Farm,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Lazard was set at $250,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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