St. Croix man charged with raping two teenage girls


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ST. CROIX - A 41-year-old man made his initial appearance in V.I. Superior Court on Monday after being arrested and charged with having ongoing sexual relationships with his friend's two teenage daughters.

Gilroy Elcock, of La Grande Princesse appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho and was advised of his rights on charges of first-degree aggravated rape; first-degree unlawful sexual contact; child neglect; and obscene Internet conduct with a minor.

Camacho advised Elcock that if he is convicted on the charges against him he could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

According to the probable cause fact sheet filed in court by V.I. Police Detective Vannessa Richardson, a woman reported to police in April that Elcock had been a friend to the girls and their family since last October. Between January and April of this year, he began making sexual advances towards the two girls - ages 12 and 16 - and had recorded some of the sexual encounters on his iPad and cell phone.

Richardson said based on her investigation and interviews with the girls, she determined that Elcock had visited their home on a regular basis. On occasions when he would be alone with the girls - and primarily with the 12-year old girl - he would begin with fondling them and sometimes also engaged in oral and digital sex or sexual intercourse, according to Richardson.

The girls told police that they never reported the incidents because they were afraid and did not know what the consequences would be.

Richardson said Elcock was brought in for questioning by police and gave a video statement telling police that he knows the girls and their family but denied having any inappropriate contact with them and said he never had any sexual relationship with either girl.

He also denied having any videos or pictures of a sexual nature on his electronic devices, Richardson said.

Richardson said police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conducted a search of Elcock's electronic devices and accessed the girls Facebook accounts, where they found messages that were sexually driven. Law enforcement officials also found a sexually explicit picture of Elcock on the phone of one of the girls and an identical picture on one of his devices, according to the court document.

During Monday's hearing, Assistant Public Defender Ventia Velasquez asked the court to keep bail at $75,000, as it had been set at the time of Elcock's arrest, She asked the court to allow him to be released with the posting of just 10 percent of the bond and have him present a third-party custodian.

Assistant Attorney General Joseph Ponteen, objected to that request, saying that the charges against Elcock are serious, and the time he faces in prison is significant. Ponteen asked for the bond to be increased to $150,000 and that Elcock would have to present a suitable third-party custodian and be placed on 24-hour house-arrest.

Camacho said he agreed with Ponteen and considers Elcock a flight risk.

"Looking at this, we see the nature of the crime, the ages of the victims and the position of trust that was violated," Camacho said. "He could be a flight risk just looking at the significant potential prison exposure that he faces."

The judge increased bail to $150,000 but said 10 percent of that amount could be posted in cash or double the amount in property to secure Elcock's release once he has found a suitable third-party custodian.

Elcock's arraignment has been scheduled for 9 a.m. May 21.

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

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