Virgin Islands officer pleads not guilty in domestic violence case
Published: October 25, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - A V.I. police officer accused of acts of domestic violence pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday in V.I. Superior Court.
Derrick Callwood, 34, was arrested in the early morning of Oct. 9 after a call came in from the patrol officer's address in Hidden Valley, according to arrest records from the V.I. Police Department.
He is facing charges of assault and battery, destruction of property and disturbance of the peace.
Callwood was arguing with a woman when he broke her phone, dragged her by her hair and feet and eventually tore off her clothes and tried to have sex with her, according to an affidavit written by arresting officer Sgt. Celeste Potter.
Callwood, who appeared in court before Magistrate Henry Carr on Thursday, has been suspended without pay until his case is closed in court, according to V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.
However, Carr made an allowance Thursday that Callwood still could leave St. Thomas to conduct business outside the territory while the case is ongoing.
Callwood's attorney, Robert Leycock, said Thursday that he has a business importing and exporting alcohol between the British Virgin Islands and the United States.
Callwood must notify the court when he makes his trips to the British Virgin Islands, Carr said. Callwood also is required to check in with probation twice a week.
At the time of his arrest, Callwood did not resist, nor was he under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to Potter's affidavit.
Callwood was arrested once before in the territory in October 1997 in relation to a third-degree assault charge, but the charge was dismissed.
If he is again acquitted of charges in Superior Court, Callwood still would have to undergo an internal investigation, Rames said.
If found guilty, Callwood would be terminated as a police officer.
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