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A man was arrested and charged with child sex abuse related charges after coercing three minor girls to have sex with him, according to prosecutors in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The U.S. Attorney said that the St. Thomas man was arrested and charged with using the Internet in order to coerce and entice three minor girls in St. Thomas. Tony Jefferson Browne, 30, of St. Thomas was arrested today, the United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe said.
Browne made his initial appearance in District Court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller, and was ordered held without bail pending a detention and preliminary hearing. According to documents filed in District Court, Browne made contact with the minors on Facebook, developed a friendship with them, and then persuaded them to send him nude photos of themselves. After receiving the photos, Browne threatened to place the minors’ nude photos on the Internet if they did not have sex with him.
At the time of the arrest, Browne was a self-employed plumber. If convicted, Browne faces a statutory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard Potter.