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  03/02/2017 Man Held On Rape and Related Charges Advised Of His Rights  

ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Carolyn Hermon-Purcell has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to move forward on rape and related charges against Shawn Tyson.

            Following his arrest on March 1, Tyson, 30, of Est. Caret Bay, appeared Thursday morning before Magistrate Hermon-Purcell to be advised of his rights on charges of first-degree rape and unlawful sexual contact stemming from a Jan. 29 incident.

            Considering that Tyson has strong ties to the community, Magistrate Hermon-Purcell decreased his bail from $50,000 to $35,000 and allowed him to post ten percent to secure his release. She also imposed a number of bail conditions, which include maintaining a distance of at least 25 feet from the victim at all times.

            According to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Ivan Christopher, Tyson and the victim were inside Tyson’s house where he raped her. During the acts, the victim was crying and told him to stop; however, he continued.

Investigators also relied on the statements of three witnesses, two of whom told police that the victim told them that Tyson sexually assaulted her against her will, according to Christopher.

Tyson is scheduled to return to court on March 16 to be arraigned on the charges.   


  Man held on rape and related charges advised of his rights.pdf