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  09/12/2016 Child Rapist Sentenced To 13 Years  

ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A man who raped a 13-year-old child a little more than a year ago received a 13-year jail sentence has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars.

In accordance with a plea agreement offered by Attorney General Claude Earl Walker, V.I. Superior Court Judge James Carroll III today handed down the punishment on Andres Carmona Ortiz.

“You basically destroyed this young man’s life… It’s a serious thing you did to him – not only physically, but also psychologically.  This is something that he would have to deal with for the rest of his life,” Judge Carroll said while handing down the sentence.

The 53-year-old, who was initially charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree aggravated rape, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape with attempt to commit rape and sodomy stemming from an Aug. 27, 2015, incident.

At Ortiz’s sentencing hearing, Elma Brathwaite, Victim Advocate at the Department of Justice, who spoke in behalf of the victim, implored the judge to “keep this defendant away from society for a long time.”

  Child rapist sentenced to 13 years.pdf