STT Man Sentenced for Transporting a Minor for Sex

Osvaldo Tavarez, 48, of St. Thomas, was sentenced Wednesday after his conviction for transporting a minor for illegal sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Tavarez to 150 months – 12 and a half years – incarceration, a life time of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. As part of his sentence, Tavarez also is required to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents, on or around Jan. 30, 2018, Tavarez transported a 13-year old minor child who resided in his household, from the Bovoni area to Mariendahl, where he engaged in sexual intercourse with the minor, which would constitute first-degree aggravated rape under Virgin Islands law.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the V.I. Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

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