Virgin Islands plumber accused of coercing 3 girls

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Associated Press

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 5:00 PM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A plumber in the U.S. Virgin Islands is being accused of using the Internet to coerce three female minors to engage in sexual activity.

U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe says Tony Browne of St. Thomas has been ordered held without bail pending a Wednesday hearing. He was arrested and charged Tuesday.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court allege Browne made contact with the girls on Facebook and persuaded them to send nude photos of themselves. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old man then allegedly threatened to publicize the photos if they did not have sex with him.

It isn't known if Browne has a lawyer. If convicted, he faces a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison.

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