ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Jurors seated for the rape trial of 42-year-old Irvin
Ocasio convicted him of sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping. The incident occurred a little more than four
General Claude Earl Walker, in commenting on the outcome of the trial,
described the victim as “very brave” and vowed that his department will
continue to seek justice for such victims.
“The victim was
very brave in reporting the rape to VIPD, and confronting the rapist at trial,”
AG Walker said. “We are fed up with
women being sexually attacked in the Virgin Islands, and DOJ will spare no
effort to bring these rapists to justice – no matter if the rapist is a family
member or friend – because it is completely unacceptable and a serious crime to
perform a sexual act on a woman who is not actively consenting, such as in this
Ocasio, who was
free on bail pending trial, was immediately remanded into custody after the
jury rendered its verdict.
Court Judge Denise Francois has set Aug. 1 as the date for his sentencing.
course of the four-day trial, jurors heard the testimonies of seven prosecution
witnesses, including the victim, who was overcome with emotion as she recounted
the events of the Mar. 7, 2013 crime.
“I don’t have a
life,” she said, when asked how the incident has affected her.
Ocasio also took
the witness stand, denied any wrongdoing and told the jury that the sexual
encounter was consensual.
“I’m asking that
you do justice,” Assistant Attorney General Quincy McRae implored the jurors in
his closing arguments. “In order to do
justice in this matter, you have to rest that verdict on the truth. If you rest your verdict on an untruth that
will be injustice.”
three hours of deliberations Friday morning, jurors returned a unanimous
verdict and found Ocasio guilty of both counts he faced – first-degree rape and
first-degree unlawful sexual contact.
Attorney General John Tolud also argued the case for the prosecution.