Name: Aaron Thomas McCord
Weight: 160 lbs
Identifying Marks: amputated pinky finger on right hand, cross tattooed on right side of chest and on right calf
Residence: 17358 Chocolate Hole, St. John, VI 00831– UVI
A two-time convicted sex offender was arrested Monday, April 4, on St. John for failing to register his name on the V.I. Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Department of Justice.
At the request of the Department of Justice, officers from the V.I. Police Department arrested 40-year-old Aaron Thomas McCord of Arkansas at about 3:30 p.m. in Estate Pastory, St. John.
McCord is charged with one count of failure to register as a sex offender.
In accordance with Title 14 VIC § 1724(a)(4), a person moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands from another jurisdiction is required to register with the Department of
Justice within five days of first residing or returning to the territory.
Information obtained by the Department of Justice Sexual Registry Coordinator revealed that McCord arrived to the Virgin Islands on or about March 24, 2011. He has since failed to report to the Department of Justice to register as required, and is considered an absconder.
McCord has been convicted of sex related offenses involving minors in the states of Indiana and Arkansas.
Attorney General Vincent Frazer reminded persons who have been convicted of a sex offense that it is their duty to register and to maintain annual compliance with registration requirements.
“The Department of Justice is aggressively monitoring and tracking the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders whose obligation it is to register their names on the Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Department,” said Frazer. “Those who abscond from this duty will be apprehended and penalized.”
Acting VIPD Commissioner Raymond Hyndman warned offenders against using the Virgin Islands as a safe haven.
“Offenders cannot come to the Virgin Islands and expect to remain undetected,” said Hyndman. “Once the Virgin Islands Police Department is made aware of their unlawful presence in the territory it will move swiftly to assist in their apprehension for the protection of all Virgin Islanders, especially our children.”