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Man Arrested for Aggravated Rape of a Minor

September 22, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On September 22 at approximately 10:10 a.m., 28-year-old Matthew Fontaine, who is presently in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections on a separate matter, was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Aggravated Rape – Domestic Violence; 1st Degree Rape; 1st Degree Unlawful Sexual Contact; Child Abuse; 2nd Degree Rape; and 1st Degree Assault.

Matthew Fontaine

Fontaine was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female on several occasions. The victim reported that he threatened her with a firearm during the sexual assaults.

Bail for Fontaine was set at $150,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Steven Philip thanks the members of the Criminal Investigation and Youth Investigation Bureaus for working together to bring this case to the forefront of a problem present in our community. He stated, “We must protect our children, and hopefully this will be the start of persons who know something, coming forward and saying something.” According to a Department of Justice, National Crime Victimization Survey (2019), every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Americans, ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault. “Just as there is no excuse for domestic violence, there is no excuse for sexual violence,” Chief Philip said.

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All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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