St. Croix man charged with unlawful sexual contact for incident involving 12-year-old girl


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ST. CROIX - Police arrested a 63-year-old man Wednesday on charges that he had unlawful sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl.

Jose Ilarraza, of Estate Concordia, was arrested just before sunrise and charged with one count of first-degree unlawful sexual contact.

According to the affidavit filed by V.I. Police Officer Esther McLeod-Newton, a social worker from the V.I. Human Services Department reported to police that there was an incident in November 2010 in which a 12-year-old girl had been touched inappropriately.

According to report, the girl was at her home when Ilarraza entered the bedroom where she was laying down and locked the door behind him. The social worker told police that he then advanced toward the girl, pulled down her pants and rubbed on her for several minutes as she tried to get away.

The girl said she finally got away and ran into another bedroom, where she waited until someone came home, and she told them about the incident.

Police were notified and tried to make contact with Ilarraza some time later as they investigated the crime, but he had left the island.

According to police, he returned to St. Croix for a family member's funeral on Tuesday, and police took the opportunity to confirm his presence back in the territory and executed the outstanding warrant early Wednesday.

Ilarraza's bail was set at $35,000, and he was allowed to post 10 percent of that amount and was released to a third-party custodian after they both signed an unsecured bond for the balance of the bail amount.

He was ordered not to have any contact with any minor children, specifically the victim, and to make all court appearances and obey the laws of the territory while the case is pending.

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

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