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USVI resident indicted for not registering as sex offender

February 28th, 2019 | Tags: USVI sex offender Jeffrey Cole Gretchen Shappert
USVI resident indicted for not registering as sex offender. Photo: VI Consortium
ST. THOMAS, USVI - On February 21, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Jeffrey Cole, 57, of St. Thomas, Unites States Virgin Islands (USVI) charging him with failing to register as a sex offender, US Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced.

Cole appeared in court on February 27, 2019, before Federal Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller, where he entered a plea of not guilty with a trial date scheduled for April 15, 2019.

According to the indictment and court records, Cole was convicted for voyeurism in the State of Ohio in 2009. He moved to the State of Georgia where he registered as a sex offender and then relocated to the Virgin Islands in 2018, and failed to register.

Facing 10 Years

Under federal law, Cole faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

Attorney Shappert reminds the public that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

This case is being investigated by the United States Marshal Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

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