Man charged in rape of teenager, accused of giving her stout, vitamins to abort pregnancy


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ST. CROIX - A 21-year-old man remains jailed after being arrested and charged with the forcible rape of a 14-year old girl and with trying to help her abort her pregnancy.

Neftaly Navarro, of Estate Whim was arrested at 5 p.m. Wednesday and charged with first-degree rape, second-degree aggravated rape, unlawful sexual contact, child abuse and attempted abortion, stemming from an incident on Aug. 31.

Navarro was advised of his rights by Magistrate Miguel Camacho on Thursday morning and told that if he was tried and convicted, he could be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison on the aggravated rape charge alone.

According to the affidavit filed in V.I. Superior Court by V.I. Police Detective Naomi Joseph, a woman reported to police on Monday that Navarro raped her 15-year-old daughter in August and the girl is now pregnant.

Joseph said she spoke to the girl, who reported that she went to a barbecue in Frederiksted with a friend, and while there, things got boring and she asked one of the men there whether she could sit in his car. The girl told Joseph that some other men came over and began smoking marijuana and propositioned her for sex but she refused, then walked away from the area.

The girl said that she was walking toward the back of the house when a man - who she now knows as Navarro - grabbed her, threw her on a cistern and raped her, according to the police report.

The girl said she tried to fight, but he threw the weight of his body against her and continued. She said when he was finished, Navarro threatened her, telling her to keep her mouth shut about the incident or he would find her.

The girl told Joseph that she was upset when she returned to the front of the house and that when her friends asked what was wrong, she lied and said, nothing had happened. Later that night, the girl said she told one of her friends, according to the affidavit.

The girl said that she realized she was pregnant weeks later, and her friend approached Navarro, who gave the girl two bottles of stout and told her to drink them to abort the baby.

The girl said she still was pregnant by the next month, and when her friend told Navarro, he took them both to the store to buy a bottle of vitamin C and told her to take one every two hours for a week to abort the baby, but that also did not work.

Joseph said the girl is now at least five months pregnant.

During Thursday's hearing, bail was set at $75,000.

Assistant Public Defender Kwame Montilewa asked the court to allow Navarro to post only 10 percent of the bond and be released with the standard conditions.

Assistant Attorney General Joseph Ponteen objected, asking Camacho to increase the bail to $250,000, require it to be fully secured, and then place Navarro on 24-hour house arrest with the use of an electronic monitoring device.

"Due to the severity of the crime and the fact that Navarro had threatened the girl, she needs to be protected," Ponteen said.

Montilewa said the bail request was excessive and results in being a financial confinement on his client.

Camacho increased the bail to $150,000, requiring it to be fully secured and said Navarro could be released if he is able to secure the bail with cash or property and find a suitable third-party custodian to be placed in their custody on 24-hour house arrest with the use of an electronic monitoring device.

Unable to meet the conditions, Navarro remains jailed.

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

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