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.
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.
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
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,
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.”