A Dominican with a lengthy history of sexual offences in St. Thomas and who had previously been deported to Dominica, has been arrested in St. Thomas for failing to register as a sex offender.
According to the police in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), Ralph Joseph has been convicted of various sexual crimes and has served time in jail for his offenses.
A check of Joseph’s criminal record in St. Thomas indicated that he was arrested on November 23, 1998, convicted on September 7, 1999 and sentenced to time in jail on October 22, 1999.
Joseph was charged with three counts of aggravated rape for which he received a sentence of 15 years on each count and unlawful sexual contact which got him 5 years in prison. He was also convicted of child abuse for which he was ordered to serve 10 years behind bars.
All sentences were to run concurrently with credit for time served.
The police say Joseph was released on February 15, 2008 after serving 10 years of his sentence and deported to Dominica.
However, he made his way back illegally to USVI, via Antigua and the British Virgin Islands, where he had been living for more than a year prior to his arrest.
He is now facing the charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Joseph is also facing federal charges, police say.