USVI man indicted on child porn charges
The local police and US law enforcement authorities work together on an investigation that led to the 21-year-old man’s indictment.
ST. THOMAS, U.S Virgin Islands, Friday June 10, 2011 – A 21-year-old man was indicted yesterday for possession and production of child pornography and charged with 24 counts of aggravated rape. The charges related to his sexual relations with an eight-year-old girl.
The indictment of Akeem Gumbs followed an investigation by U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S Virgin Islands Police Department.
Gumbs had been arrested at his home in March after local police presented ICE with a DVD containing clips of him having sex with the girl.
He is now facing five federal counts of producing child pornography involving a minor under the age of 18, possessing child pornography, and 24 local counts of aggravated rape in the first degree.
According to the charges, he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with the girl for the purpose of producing child pornography, having sexual intercourse and sodomy with her, from September 2009 to March this year.
The investigation that led to Gumbs’ arrest was part of Operation Predator, an ICE-led initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers.
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