St. Thomas man charged with sexually assaulting two girls


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ST. THOMAS - A 54-year-old truck driver has been accused of sexually assaulting two young girls.

Police arrested Angel Rivera Jr., of Mahogany Estate, on Tuesday after they said he went to the home of two girls - ages 6 and 8 - who knew him and assaulted them.

Rivera was advised of his rights in V.I. Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of unlawful sexual contact.

According to a probable cause fact, the 6-year-old said that Rivera touched her privates and kissed her on the lips sometime in June. The girl told V.I. Police Officer Sherrill Brunn that Rivera's actions made her mad, and in response, Rivera told the girl that she was his princess and his queen and that he loved her.

The 8-year-old told police that Rivera also touched her privates, on or about June 18 or 20. When Rivera summoned her, the girl did not want to go to him, but he had her sit on his stomach and then pushed her down onto his privates, the girl told police.

Rivera moved up and down, and she tried to get off of him, but he pushed her back onto him, the police report said.

The 8-year-old told police that Rivera came back on a later date, and he pulled her pants down and again touched her all over her body. He also opened her shirt and kissed her all over her body, including her privates, according to the police report.

Rivera has no previous record of sexual assault, though he was charged with driving while intoxicated in 1985. The V.I. Superior Court has no known disposition for the charge.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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