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Exclusive: Magistrate Dr. Velon L. John says online report is false!

- St. Lucian Politician & Lawyer now VI Magistrate is accused in online article of being a pedophile & a child peddler, he vows to sue once he finds author of article
St. Lucian native, politician and Virgin Islands Magistrate Dr. Velon Leo John has categorically denied the allegations published last year in a news paper RipOff Report about his character. He vows to sue once he finds the author of the report. Photo: St Lucia Star
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: While the talk of Road Town for the last week has been the scandalous ports berthing agreement signed between the National Democratic Party Government and two cruise lines [Disney Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines] that some alleged has sold out the birth rights of taxi and tour operations, lands on Whickhams Cay, undermined craft alive and left many unanswered questions another article has been gaining the attention of the local internet class on the World Wide Web.

The article published in the online publication RipOff Report on March 29, 2013 with an update on March 30, 2013 and authored by a Marlon A. Gill of Tampa, Florida, USA has contained some serious allegations against the sitting alternate Magistrate Dr. Velon Leo John who is on the Virgin Islands' bench.

The article published online in the RipOff Report alleges that Magistrate John “is a known pedophile and a child pornography peddler who frequently travels to the US and other Island countries for the sole purpose of engaging in sex acts with under aged boys”.

Magistrate John speaks only to VINO

It was on February 8, 2014 when Virgin Islands News Online caught up with Magistrate Dr. John after his workout at the Save the Seed Energy Centre Gym in Duff's Bottom.

When asked about the allegations circulating on the internet Magistrate John said categorically that the allegations are false and told our news site he could not be a Magistrate if this was so, as he came from his native country of St. Lucia to the Virgin Islands where he left there on the bench as a Magistrate.

Attorney John also said that the article has been around “for a long time”. When pressed about defending his character and the judicial system he said sometimes these types of articles have writers that carry fake names and therefore they are hard to track however he said, “all I need to know is the name scoundrel so that legal actions can be initiated.”

Magistrate John refused to give anymore details on the situation but was very generous and polite with his time in the exclusive interview.

Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald who has some administrative functions over the local judiciary could not be reached for comment.

However, Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office David D. Archer when reached by VINO said, "My Office is unaware of the details in the named article but will further ascertain its authenticity."

Magistrate Dr. Velon Leo John LLB also served in a previous St. Lucia government as Minister for Labour Relations, Public Services and Co-operatives with the St. Lucia Labour Party headed by Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, where he represented via an election the Laborie constituency.

However, he stood down before the December 2006 St. Lucia general elections that saw the now Prime Minister Dr. Anthony Labour Party being defeated, in that election.

Magistrate John has been sitting in the Virgin Islands on some high profile Magistrate court cases including the penis fondling case against Glen Callwood aka 'super cop', Patrick Magloire in a Rite Way robbery, prison officer Steve Morton charged with beating his girlfriend and smuggled a phone into the prison, and Glenroy Pierre accused of being involved in conspiring to smuggling drugs into the Territory.

This news site continues to do research on this matter to confirm the authenticity of the article published in RipOff Report dated March 29, 2013 by a Marlon A. Gill that if not accurate could be libel and slander against Magistrate John and will update our readers as more information on these allegations become available, including contacts with the United States Authorities and the publishers of the RipOff Report.

Please see link to article by RipOff Report:

38 Responses to “Exclusive: Magistrate Dr. Velon L. John says online report is false!”

  • WOW just WOW (10/02/2014, 09:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    well saw VINO you got balls
  • Well Well (10/02/2014, 09:59) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    What has these two reports has to do with each other? Lets stop putting everything in this country on the hands of our Goverment. We will always have our lijkes and dislikes, but , we still have to live with what we have . OURSELFS>..
    • @well well (10/02/2014, 10:27) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      You must be hurt why you commenting like so. Ayo NDP always trying to dictate what the media & everybody should & shouldn't do.
  • Lawyer (10/02/2014, 10:15) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply

    Unless you are just a tabloid looking for readers, why would you report from a news site like RIPOFF? Might as well you carry some of National Inquirer's stories also. There is no facts to the story! At least I have not seen any. Any educated mind would as questions like: who are the victims? Was he investigated or charged?

    • Village Girl (10/02/2014, 14:50) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      VINO has done a great job presenting the facts by getting both sides. I hope other media houses will learn from this from been bias and judgmental
      • O-Rap (10/02/2014, 19:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        What facts? Thats the point there are no fact provided in this story.
    • Fan (11/02/2014, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Vino is just simply the best
  • xxxxxxxx (10/02/2014, 10:17) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    now tis is ting to talk
  • The Persecutor's Life (10/02/2014, 10:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    When people do evil things to you and continues to do evil things to you, they knowing full well that they are doing the works of the Devil, just smile, walk away and then pray for them. Matthew 5: 44. Pray God's will in their lives, their children's lives and their families' lives. It is easy to do because God can empower you by his spirit to do so. After all, His written Word asks us to do so.
  • chad (10/02/2014, 10:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    What a thing. This country will humble the best of them who come here or live here. This is the Republic of the BVI. Lol.
  • Gossip (10/02/2014, 10:39) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    BVI people like any kind of gossip that will bring down another, whether true or false. Give us gossip and you got our full attention.
    • @ Gossip (10/02/2014, 10:45) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
      At least vino interviewed the magistrate let the chips fall where they may
      • Gossip (10/02/2014, 13:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        The news has a right to ask questions, and no one said anything against that. Do you have chips to fall? All I am trying to say is anyone (even you or I) can create a website to destruct anybody we feel like. Its the easiest thing to do. A set of statements without any evidence. If someone comes forward with a claim or allegation against the man, then that's something else. Bring some ammunition and then make it news. I personally believe that corruption of any kind always start on the top, but I don't have proof, so until then, I keep my trap shut. I can make a million statements about people without backing it up - all that will do is put a stain on them, and these kind of stains, once they get on you, only God can wipe it off.
      • Good boy (10/02/2014, 14:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        i agree if he say its not so then if we find out it is then that will be trouble...he seems like a good man
  • Blak (10/02/2014, 10:55) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    You know how I feel about this type of stuff..with that being said I'm surprised you guys publish something that seems like the source is from a gossip tabloid...I wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole.
  • ABC (10/02/2014, 11:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I believe the judge
  • Scary Mary (10/02/2014, 13:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    "This news site continues to do research on this matter to confirm the authenticity of the article published in RipOff Report dated March 29, 2013 by a Marlon A. Gill that if not accurate could be libel and slander against Magistrate John ..."

    Could be?

    Cart before the horse guys. Why on Earth wouldn't you do your investigating BEFORE publishing this article? This is just tabloid publishing and I am really disappointed in you. Not nice at all!
  • bob marley (10/02/2014, 13:27) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    "you never see smoke without fire"
  • pat (10/02/2014, 13:47) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Seem like a fair and balance story to me
  • Be real (10/02/2014, 13:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this really breaking news? Vino is reporting on an unauthenticated report placed on a tabloid "news" site (i use the word "news" VERY loosely) that has NOTHING to substantiate its report. When i checked for more information on this NOTHING was found, even after I spoke to friend in the judiciary in St Lucia. In my point of view Vino is helping this other untrusted site prosecute this man in the court of public opinion. It is not responsible reporting!
  • rattie (10/02/2014, 14:05) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope he finds and sues ripoff from riping off his good name
  • @ bob marley (10/02/2014, 14:32) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    the borad brush sample directive cannot be taken at face value alone.
  • Quenn Mary (10/02/2014, 14:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If much of what is stated by that RipOff Report is false then he should become a rich man soon!!!!
  • time will tell (10/02/2014, 15:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can people just wrote these lies about other people not sure why ripoff report has not been sued and done shut down
    • @time will tell (10/02/2014, 21:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      They haven't been shut down because the entire world isn't like our nature's little secret where the Gov can dictate who shut up and who open up. Anybody can create a website and post anything on it. Hey, even in my school I have assignments where I have to create a website - that doesn't make it authentic. This Ripoff site is no more reputable than MadNews back in the day.
  • Liat 521 (10/02/2014, 15:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a difficult one..By now he should have already sued as this is out from last year!!
  • rtr (10/02/2014, 15:42) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why vino ain't posting my blog
    • wet well (11/02/2014, 07:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We will never know the truth on this a ripoff report is into libel of people’s names…when is Dr. John going to sue them eh?
  • SMH (10/02/2014, 17:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a bunch of crock. This man is an outstanding and upright citizen and is well respected in his country. Jealousy is a hell of a ting I tell yah. People too idle and can hide too easily behind a computer. To make such accusations about somebody I think the person should have the balls to stand behind his story and make himself known. But then again, the writer is a coward and a fraud.
  • black boy (10/02/2014, 19:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the legal system will be a better off if this is not so.
  • @ rtr (10/02/2014, 19:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Maybe it's inappropriate!!
  • school children (11/02/2014, 12:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I still think this man need to clear his name
  • Amen (12/02/2014, 07:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    free dr. john
  • virgin gorda (14/02/2014, 20:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    say one say two I must take my hats off to VINO for going where many other news papers are afraid to go and things they will never touch.... Hats off hats off you will always be the best you will always shine VINO like a diamond
  • Morne Vert (18/03/2014, 14:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have known Dr.John from the time I was eight years old ...that is 20 years now and that article is indeed false.

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