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