Jury Convicts St. Croix Man of Production of Child Pornography and Related Charges
St. Croix, USVI – On August 25, 2017, after a five-day trial, a federal jury on St. Croix convicted Gilroy Derrick Elcock, 45, of six counts of production of child pornography, two counts of aggravated rape first degree, and one count of possession of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced.
Production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years. Possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and aggravated rape first-degree carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to life imprisonment. Elcock remains in custody pending sentencing. No sentencing date has been set.
Evidence presented at trial established that Elcock met the mother of J.S. and J.J.S. in October 2013. The mother and Elcock started dating, and in January 2014, Elcock started living with the mother and two children. Elcock started having sexual relations with J.S.,16, and J.J.S.,12, and used his cell phone to record the sexual encounters. J.J.S. asked Elcock to stop, but he continued. The mother spoke to J.J.S., who showed her mother Facebook messages between her and Elcock. The messages were sexual in nature, and when the mother saw the messages, she called the police. The subsequent investigation, including a search of Elcock’s cell phone, yielded seven videos depicting him engaged in sexual acts with J.S. and J.J.S.
This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.