ST. THOMAS MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER
St. Thomas, USVI – Jevon O. Stridiron, 25, of St. Thomas was arrested yesterday by the United States Marshals Service after being indicted by a federal grand jury for failing to register as a sex offender announced United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe. Stridiron appeared in District Court in St. Thomas today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller for arraignment and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, and other conditions, after a not guilty plea. A trial date has been scheduled for April 7, 2014.
According to court documents, Stridiron was convicted in 2007 of a sex offense in Orange County, Florida. Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006, a person convicted of a sex offense who travels in interstate commerce, is required to register with local authorities as a sex offender. The failure to do so is a crime under federal law. The indictment charging Stridiron alleges that he failed to register as a sex offender as required by the law when he traveled from Florida, changing his residence to the Virgin Islands.
If convicted of this offense, Stridiron faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. The public is reminded that an indictment is only a charging document and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.