V.I. soldier arrested in connection with repeated rape of teenage girl


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ST. THOMAS - V.I. police arrested a U.S. Army soldier who recently graduated from basic training after he was accused of having sex repeatedly with a 16-year-old girl for the last four years.

Kennyata Charlery, 31, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with second-degree rape, according to a V.I. police report.

Charlery was advised of his rights before V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Henry Carr on Thursday morning, according to his case file.

Charlery, who originally is from St. Lucia, is accused of having sex with the girl since she was 12 years old.

Charlery's wife was the first to make the accusation, as she told police that she found a SIM card, or a data card, while cleaning her home in November last year. The woman put the card in her own phone and discovered emails between her husband and the girl.

"As she read the conversations, she saw that her husband had written, 'I took your virginity on your mother's bed,'" read the affidavit, written by V.I. Police Detective Elesa Francis.

The woman could not inform the girl's mother until more than a week later, when the mother, returned from her visit to St. Lucia.

At the time, Charlery was in basic training for the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, S.C., according to the affidavit. Charlery graduated from basic training on Dec. 5, 2013, the affidavit said.

After the police took the SIM card into evidence, Francis wrote that the police interviewed the girl.

The girl told police that she and Charlery had been having sex since she lived in St. Lucia. The girl moved to St. Thomas in May 2009, and Charlery moved to the island a little more than a year later, the affidavit said.

The girl said she and Charlery had sex at his home in Smith Bay and at her home in Estate Charlotte Amalie, until he left the territory at the end of January 2011. The girl told police that he returned about two weeks later, on a six-month visa, during which time they continued to have sex until the end of June 2011.

Throughout 2011 and 2012, Charlery and the girl continued to have sex at each other's homes during the periods that he was on-island by way of a six-month visa, according to Francis' affidavit.

"Charlery would kiss her on the mouth and on her neck and have sexual intercourse with her. Charlery has also performed oral sex on her, but she had not performed oral sex on him," the affidavit stated. "Charlery did not wear a condom every time they had sexual intercourse."

Carr set Charlery's bail at $75,000, according to his case file.

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

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