ST. CROIX, V.I. – Forty years in prison – with credit for 2,765
days already served – was the sentence V.I. Superior Court Judge Douglas A.
Brady handed down today on Rafael Joseph for sexually assaulting a woman more
than seven years ago.
a brief statement following the sentencing, Attorney General Claude Earl Walker
said, “The defendant put this brave lady through hell – he is every woman’s
nightmare – and with this lengthy prison sentence, his reign of terror against
our women ends today.”
44, was punished for first-degree aggravated rape, a charge to which he pleaded
Joseph’s sentencing, prosecutors characterized him as a “sexual predator,
serial rapist and a danger to the community,” and recommended that he serve 50
years behind bars.
arrested Joseph on Feb. 17, 2011, after a woman complained that he raped her
four days earlier. The victim reported
to police that as she was leaving the beach and walking back to her car, Joseph
approached her, held her at knifepoint, forced her into the nearby bush and
raped her several times. He also stole
her cell phone. Police charged Joseph with
three counts of first-degree aggravated rape and one count each of first-degree
rape, first-degree unlawful sexual contact, first-degree robbery, kidnapping
for rape and carrying or using a dangerous weapon during the commission of a
crime of violence in connection with the offense.
Attorney General Joseph Ponteen and Assistant Attorney General Alisha Udhwani
argued the case for the prosecution.
criminal history dates back to 1992 when he was arrested and charged with
first-degree rape and grand larceny. He
was serving a 15-year prison term for both crimes when he escaped from custody