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  02/14/2017 Man Admits To Sexually Assaulting Woman  

ST. THOMAS, V.I. - A man who was being held on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman a little more than two years ago confessed to the crime on Tuesday.

            A jury was already seated to hear the case and the trial was about to begin when Kenrick Smith reached a plea agreement with the prosecution. 

“We made it clear that we were going to go forward with the trial because our prosecutors are most serious about going forward with sexual assault cases, in part, because the people of the Virgin Islands are tired of these attacks on women in our community,” Attorney General Claude Earl Walker said. 

            In accordance with the plea deal, Smith, 53, of Est. Nazareth admitted guilt by entering a guilty plea to a single count of third-degree assault in connection with the Jan. 14, 2015 incident.  At sentencing during allocution, the prosecution will recommend that Smith be sentenced to a five-year prison term.

            V.I. Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston accepted the guilty plea and has set Apr. 19 as the date for Smith’s sentencing. 

            Police arrested Smith on Jan. 28, 2015 after the victim positively identified him as the man who sexually assaulted her, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Nigel James.

            The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Eugene James Connor, Jr.

  Man admits to sexually assaulting woman.pdf