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Son of prominent VI based attorney convicted of rape in US

- George Fay was convicted Friday February 2, 2018 of raping a 20-year-old student as she slept
February 9th, 2018 | Tags: George Fay rape sex abuse guilty Sentencing
George Fay, 23, was convicted of rape, criminal sex act and sex abuse by a Manhattan court on February 2, 2018. Photo: Alec Tabak/New York Daily News
Sofia Fay and Michael J. Fay QC, the parents of George Fay, leave Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday February 2, 2018. Photo: Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News
Sofia Fay and Michael J. Fay QC, the parents of George Fay, leave Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday February 2, 2018. Photo: Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News
MANHATTAN, New York, USA- A 23-year-old man, whose father is a well-known figure in the judicial system in the Virgin Islands, was convicted Friday February 2, 2018 of raping a sleeping 20-year-old college student in an Upper East Side, New York apartment.

George Fay, 23, was in tears as he was led away in handcuffs after the verdict at the Manhattan Supreme Court in New York, USA.

He had denied rape, a criminal sexual act and sex abuse but was found guilty on all three charges by a jury that deliberated for three hours.

Fay, who is facing up to 25 years in prison, was remanded to protective custody until sentencing on February 27, 2018 and ordered to be placed on suicide watch.

The university dropout, according to various newspaper reports, is the eldest son of Michael J. Fay, QC, who sits as a Deputy High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the Virgin Islands.

The conviction of Mr Fay was reported by a number of news outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom, including New York Daily News, The Sun and Daily Mail.

Victim thought she was dreaming

According to the New York Daily News on February 2, 2018, Fay broke down sobbing as he was handcuffed and his bail revoked following the guilty verdict.

Fay, who was staying in the apartment, sneaked onto the bottom mattress of a bunk bed shared by the victim and Fay’s passed-out pal after a night of drinking, and took advantage of her around 5:30 A.M. on July 9, 2016.

An hour earlier, he had been scouring Backpage.com for escorts and made nine calls to prostitutes without hiring one, prosecutors said.

The victim testified she “thought I was dreaming” as Fay penetrated her mouth and raped her.

In her hazy state, she believed the man she’d just had a consensual encounter with, an acquaintance from the University of Delaware, was engaging her again.

She was horrified to wake up and learn it was actually a total stranger.

“My eyes weren’t open so I just didn’t understand what was happening,” she told the jury last week.

His father, Michael, who also heads a disputes and transactions firm in the Caribbean, declined to comment after the verdict, according to the New York Daily News.

35 Responses to “Son of prominent VI based attorney convicted of rape in US”

  • just asking..... (09/02/2018, 08:05) Like (78) Dislike (8) Reply
    What does this have to do with his father?
    • Well.. (09/02/2018, 09:01) Like (33) Dislike (19) Reply
      His father is well known and that comes with the territory. When politicians are dragged into things that don't necessarily have anything to do with them directly do you ask the same thing?
    • My thoughts Exactly (09/02/2018, 13:07) Like (33) Dislike (7) Reply
      What the devil they don't leave the father name out. Parents can't always control what their kids do. He is a grown adult who I'm pretty sure know right from wrong.
      • Rena (11/02/2018, 13:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        The parents ARE involved because he is their sun and they went to check in him so it gets put in the news. They never stated the parents did anything wrong, so why are you so upset? It was going to come out anyway. SHEESH!
  • any bets? (09/02/2018, 08:08) Like (11) Dislike (23) Reply
    He will appeal and win
    • Really (09/02/2018, 09:20) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
      This is the American justice system we are talking about here so I wont be so confident about that. Besides that the evidence against him seems overwhelming based on what has been reported.
  • critic (09/02/2018, 08:21) Like (57) Dislike (7) Reply
    I know Attorney Fay well, he's a decent man, sad to our children will do the things that we as parents don't uphold. Sad situation.
  • Well Sah (09/02/2018, 09:40) Like (21) Dislike (18) Reply
    Tortola for you buddy. Anything to bring down someone.
    • how? (10/02/2018, 04:22) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      VINo is reporting on a case that's been in the news elsewhere. Just so happens his dad has connections to the VI.
      How is that bringing him down? How about he brought himself and family down!

      Seems like we so bitter about Tortola we just find any excuse to berate the country.
  • Faithful (09/02/2018, 09:42) Like (33) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mike Fay is such a nice man. Sorry your son got into this mess, causing you and his mother embarrassment.
  • Strength (09/02/2018, 09:52) Like (51) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Fay, while I do not know you I certainly know what you are going through. May God be by your strength during this time. Keep the faith. As parents, most of us do our best to raise our children in what we consider is right way. When they get older we pray that they don't depart from what was taught, but they then have a mind of their own. We all go through these struggles. This is not about you Mr. Fay, hold your head high.
  • To the Reporter (09/02/2018, 10:41) Like (46) Dislike (11) Reply

    Michael Fay is a good man and has done good for putting the Territory on the map...he didn't need to be shamed like this...We make children but we don't make their mind. His child messed us...and bad...but don't run this family through the mud in the local papers...the crime was committed in the US. Hope this is a wake up call for the youngster to get his life in order and make his parents proud.

    • To the Reporter (09/02/2018, 14:19) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      correction...a typo.. I meant to say "His child messed up..."
      • grace (26/04/2018, 17:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        So To the reporter is saying, report all news freely, but when it involves someone you know, keep it under wraps. This is why we have courts, for people like you who don’t mind reading dirt on others, allows you to see what so many other families have gone through. If you want to not be bias, then see the victim and her family’s side. SMDH!
  • pat (09/02/2018, 10:49) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    what about the rape and cover ups in the BVI?
  • Outlaw (09/02/2018, 12:04) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pat come out and say something if you know about them, do not let them continue to be cover ups
  • B Savage (09/02/2018, 13:15) Like (5) Dislike (20) Reply
    Karma is a mother! Stop enjoy convicting man to long sentences for drug offense and MIND YUH SICK CHILDREN! Spend time with your kids instead of all your time on professional endevours.
  • Rod of correction (09/02/2018, 14:48) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Rikers or upstate hmmm. Pops gave him every opportunity that the vast majority never have growing up. Shame he didn’t cut his lil’ a$$ets when he was a youngin’ and haul a bull-bud cross he peelee....new
  • donny (09/02/2018, 16:50) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    What a disgusting creature!!
    • Observation? (09/02/2018, 17:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      All the positive posts on this page was all great, just a reminder to all, that these comments must also be made when children of or in the BVI is also caught up in situations. Please don't criticise the parents, what goes for one goes for all.
      You make children you don't make their minds
  • Fran (09/02/2018, 16:53) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The parents may be outstanding people like so many whose children have gone astray. The media when they get a hold of a story will name anyone connected to that child. Parents are guilty by association whether we like it or not and it will eventually come out sooner or later. Grown children who commit crimes always make the other family members look bad even though they are innocent.
  • de silent one (10/02/2018, 00:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its so unfortunate that most kids don't seem to follow in their parents foot step, and when they becomes adult they make their own decisions that are sometimes not in accordance with parents value. Its your son Mr Fay, so give him your support and that should not be construed that you condone his action.
  • Lb (10/02/2018, 02:03) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Funny how when the news mentions BVI prominent people's kids, yall don't feel the same. But now it is an American and magically they should separate father from child's actions! You all are funny! Crabs in buckets you are!
    • Can’t you read (11/02/2018, 03:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is about a BVI family. Looking. Forward to VINO mentioning all the criminals’ parents going forward. That is if anyone knows who both the real parents are down here...
  • Coop (11/02/2018, 07:27) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    This shows that children don't only need the best money can offer. They also need affection from both parents. A man needs to be present in the up bringing of his sons. The time parents spend with children is what they remember most. After a while the expensive stuff does not matter because they are seen as normal.

    This is indeed a sad day for that family. It reminds me of that Dutch Family whose son was accused of killing that American student (Natalie Halloway) then years after he murdered a young lady in a hotel. His father was also a judge. It is so sad that young people with such good opportunities fail to realise that and just throw that away in exchange for a life of torment in hell. How much of us simply dream of attending an Ivy League school and living in manhattan and this guy list focus.
    • Unfortunate (11/02/2018, 12:36) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Let me preface my comments by saying that my heart goes out to both families entangled in this mess. As parents, we can only do so much to raise and protect our children adequately. All both set of parents can do at this point is to continue to support their children throughout this ordeal.

      I must say that I have known George his entire life and I do not know him to be this monster the media is portraying him to be. I find him to be a gentle and sensible kid, raised by two loving and present parents. Let’s not be hasty to pin this on bad parenting as no one is a perfect parent and no child is perfect either.

      I feel that this is the sort of thing that can happen when youngsters allow alcohol to completely cloud their judgement. There is a lesson here to do your best to teach children the dangers and set examples for them to follow.

      Prayers for both families are needed.

      • S-P (03/03/2018, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes, 100% agree, I know the family too and this was a stupid mistake done by a drunk young man who should have known better, but whose judgment was clouded by alcohol. George would not hurt anyone deliberately, but this is what happened. Please pray for the families and pray for justice that matches the crime
  • Ajic (11/02/2018, 11:00) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Something just fishy about this whole case.
  • something sound fishy yes (11/02/2018, 13:20) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
    who knows if his drink was spiked or the young lady did something to bring this to herself? Are they looking some form of big time money compensation, etc etc. There are three sides to a story his hers and God.
    • fishy for who? (13/02/2018, 12:49) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      you are disgusting! had it been your girl child, would you be here talking this nonsense?
      typical blame the victim mentality. That is why it have so many pedophiles and domestic violence abusers loose in Tortola, because stupid people blame the victim. What do you mean she bring it on herself? have you read the accounts of this story? the girl was sleeping! with someone else! and wake up to find him assaulting her! when did she give him consent to do that? did she entice him while she was asleep? did she tell him to drink and loose control of his faculties? is a bunk bed the appropriate place to sleep in that have 2 people already in it, when there was an empty bed right above, or a couch or the floor?
      really? please, do tell us all how she could have brought, the violation of her person on herself while she was asleep?!
      you are as sick as he is and any other person who justifies this behavior.
      Stop normalizing bad behavior! bad behavior is bad behavior!
      Oh My God, what is wrong with you both?!!
    • cave man (14/02/2018, 12:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Are you from this century or do you live in a cave and pull your woman by the hair to cater your desires . Saddened that the victim blame culture remains.
      Hopefully u will never sit on a rape jury trial with your disgusting and antiquated views
  • Jibo (11/02/2018, 15:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can you imagine if this was a case heard hear here in Bvi some you bullshit sympathizers would have let him off , you needs real high boots for some of crap you all spouting. It appears that the evidence is what convicted him
  • Marie (12/02/2018, 00:15) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    And please....lets not forget the rape VICTIM here. Imagine how her family is feeling too. Just because some of you know the parents and the son, doesn’t mean there was no crime on someone’s daughter. She did not choose to be with him so he took it upon himself to be with her, while she was sleeping. If she was with her boyfriend before that, so what, we were all young, had boyfriends and girlfriends of our choice. Nowhere is it written that a stranger can do what they want because they felt horney. Yes, he may normally be a good child, but he is not the VICTIM here. Sad for both families so lets be fair. If it was your daughter then what?
  • Mikey (19/02/2018, 21:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My son attended Avon Old Farms (and played lacrosse ) with George .. we never saw any indication of deviant behavior. Also, his father made numerous visits and attended many games - more so in fact than many parents who are far more local. This is just a sad situation .. as a parent of both males and females you have to worry about girls lying and boys acting like monsters. Tough call here knowing George the way we do.
  • soo (26/04/2018, 16:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thus far I have not read George statement to the allegation that has convicted him. I don't understanding why many are saying so many good or bad things about him.
    The fact it was not consented because she was asleep, she identified him and he did not say that it was not him.
    My heart goes out to both families.
    I pray that God may grant them peace that surpassed all understanding.



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