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St. Croix Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison and Fifteen Years of Supervised Release for Transporting a Minor Female to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands


ST. Thomas, USVI – U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that District Court Judge, Wilma A. Lewis, today sentenced Zayvon Acoy, 31, to 120 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release, following his guilty plea to Transportation of a Minor with the Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity

According to court documents, on or around May to June, 2017, Acoy conspired with his co-defendant to transport the minor by vehicle from the Peter’s Rest area in St. Croix to his co-defendant’s residence in the vicinity of Beeston Hill, for the co-defendant to engage in sexual activity with the minor. The minor entered the residence and engaged in sexual activity as instructed by the defendant. After the sexual activity was concluded, the co-defendant gave the defendant cash as payment for the minor performing the sex act.

Judge Lewis also imposed a fine of $1,000; a special assessment of $100; and an additional special assessment of $5,000. The court will schedule a mandatory restitution proceeding at a later date.

This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.


Updated February 15, 2022

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