76.7 F
Charlotte Amalie
Friday, April 12, 2024
HomeNewsLocal newsDocket Watch: A Ten-Year Wait for Charges in a Rape Case

Docket Watch: A Ten-Year Wait for Charges in a Rape Case

Sexual assault committed in families’ top recent cases in Superior Court. (Source file photo)

Ten years after a young visitor told hospital personnel that she was raped during a family vacation, her accused assailant was brought into court. An initial hearing was held in Superior Court’s Magistrates division for defendant David Takayama on Thursday.

Investigators prepared a complaint against Takayama on Dec. 20, 2023, detailing an incident that allegedly took place in August 2014 at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort. No details were provided about the circumstances that led to the defendant’s Thursday appearance.

He is charged with first-degree rape, domestic violence, assault, and use of force in order to commit rape. Superior Court Magistrate Simone Van Holten-Turnbull upheld the charges and set the date for arraignment.

Takayama posted a $40,000 bail later that day.

                        *                     *            *

A St. Thomas man pleaded guilty to raping an underage female in Superior Court on Thursday. Prosecutors said the charges brought against Mackeem Appleton stemmed from unlawful sexual contact with a female minor who was living in his household between February 2020 and July 2021. An additional charge of third-degree assault was added while the change of plea hearing was in progress.

Appleton was arrested in March 2023 and has been held in detention since then. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay sentenced the defendant to three and a half years in prison minus time served.

The judge also ordered the defendant to stay away from the victim upon release.


Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.