ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Ten years in prison – with credit for 387 days
already served – was the sentence V.I. Superior Court Judge Denise Francois
handed down today on Irvin Ocasio Flores for sexually assaulting a woman.
a brief statement, Attorney General Claude Earl Walker said, “As the Department
of Justice continues its aggressive stance of trying and winning these sexual
assault cases, we will help to deter the type of despicable conduct for which
the defendant has been convicted.”
Ocasio Flores was punished for first-degree rape and first-degree unlawful
sexual contact after a jury convicted him on June 16 of raping a woman while
had recommended that Ocasio Flores serve 30 years behind bars for the
first-degree rape conviction and 15 years for the first-degree unlawful sexual
Ocasio Flores’ sentencing, a statement from the victim was read into the record
by Elma Brathwaite, Victim Advocate at the Department of Justice.
am fighting for my life because of what Irvin Ocasio Flores did to me,” the
statement read. “I cry every day because
he destroyed my life, he destroyed my family… Because of the rape, I have lost
a lot…Irvin Ocasio Flores is a danger to others because I believe he is sick
enough to do this again to someone else.
I ask you to keep him in jail until it is time for him to go to the
Francois sentenced Ocasio Flores to ten years each on the first-degree rape and
first-degree unlawful sexual contact convictions, adding that the imposition or
execution of the sentence for the first-degree unlawful sexual contact is
stayed because the charge arose from the same conduct and it is therefore merged
with the first-degree rape conviction.
He was ordered to pay $75 in court costs and before his release from
prison, Ocasio Flores is also required to register under the Sexual Offender
Act with DOJ.
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.
Ocasio Flores also
took the witness stand, denied any wrongdoing and told the jury that the sexual
encounter was consensual.
three hours of deliberations, jurors returned a unanimous verdict and found
Ocasio Flores guilty of both counts he faced – first-degree rape and
first-degree unlawful sexual contact.
Attorney General John Tolud argued the case for the prosecution.