Ex-police cadet arrested on suspicion of raping, impregnating teenage girl


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ST. CROIX - A former police cadet was arrested Friday morning after being accused of impregnating a 16-year-old girl.

Delroy Thomas Jr., of Barren Spot was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated rape and first-degree unlawful sexual contact in connection with rapes the girl said occurred in March.

Although Thomas, 23, denied the accusations the girl made, a DNA test later proved that he was the father of her unborn child.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the warrant seeking Thomas' arrest, police received an anonymous report in May that Thomas had been having sex with the girl and that she was pregnant.

Police Detective Vanessa Richarsdon said in her report that the girl's mother was interviewed and told police that she noticed physical changes in the girl's appearance and got a pregnancy test that proved she was pregnant. She said the girl told her at that time that Thomas had been raping her against her will. She did not report the rapes.

The girl told police that she had known Thomas for a while, and whenever he would find her alone he would make lewd remarks or make sexual advances and force her to have sex with him.

She told police that she did not know how many sexual encounters they had or exactly when they occurred, but she knew there were times in March and there had been more than five sexual encounters, according to the police report.

Police contacted Thomas to advise him of the allegations, which he denied, saying he had never touched the girl or had sex with her. He consented to having police collect DNA samples from him to be used to determine paternity.

According to Richardson's report, the girl's mother took the girl to terminate the pregnancy, and police subpoenaed the doctor's office to provide the remains of the unborn fetus, which was sent in June to a Florida lab for testing.

When the test results were returned last week, they proved that Thomas was the unborn child's father with 99.9999% degree of certainty, according to Richardson.

Thomas was arrested, and his bail was set at $150,000.

He remains jailed at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility, unable to post bail, and a motion for his release is expected to be made in Magistrate Court on Monday.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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