Ex-police cadet pleads not guilty to raping, impregnating teenage girl

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ST. CROIX - A former police cadet arrested Friday and accused of impregnating a 16-year-old girl has been released on bail.

Delroy Thomas Jr., 23, of Barren Spot appeared Monday morning before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan, who ruled on a release motion made on his behalf.

He 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.

Gallivan set Thomas' bail at $150,000, and the hearing on the motion for release was continued from Friday, when he made his initial court appearance.

Defense Attorney Nesha Christian Hendrickson said Thomas' family is prepared to present three pieces of property to the court that were valued totally at $118,000, which was not sufficient because property used as bail must have an unencumbered value of twice the bail amount.

At Monday's hearing, Gallivan allowed the property to be used and had Thomas and his father sign an unsecured bond for the $92,000 balance of the bail amount.

The judge ordered that Thomas be placed on 24-hour house arrest with the use of an electronic monitoring device and have no contact with the victim or witnesses in the case.

Although Thomas 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.

V.I. Police Detective Vanessa Richardson said in her report that 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.

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

At his arraignment on Monday, Thomas pleaded not guilty.

Gallivan said the case is assigned to V.I. Superior Court Judge Douglas Brady, with a trial date tentatively set for May 25, 2015.

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

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