ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Henry V. Carr III
found that there was sufficient probable cause to move forward on rape and
related charges against a mentally-ill man, Wingrove Clarke.
arrested Clarke, 59, on May 30 on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree
unlawful sexual contact after receiving reports that he sexually assaulted
Clarke’s advice-of-rights hearing Monday morning, Magistrate Carr sustained the
charges, maintained his bail at $85,000 and allowed him to be released on
posting ten percent into the custody of his brother.
Carr also ordered Clarke to abide by a number of court-imposed bail conditions
and ordered him to take his medication as prescribed.
to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Shenika Simon in support of
Clarke’s arrest, the victim reported that Clarke has sexually assaulted him on
more than one occasion and whenever he tries to resist, Clarke would “grab him,
bully him and be aggressive towards him.”
a police interview, Clarke, who suffers from Schizoaffective, a mental
disorder, admitted that he “raped a guy,” Det. Simon wrote.
is scheduled to return to court on June 22 for his arraignment hearing, at
which he will formally answer to the charges.