The V.I. Department of Justice arrested 44-year-old Dylan Caily on St. Thomas Tuesday for alleged failure to comply with registration requirements for sex offenders in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to a release from Attorney General Denise George, the Oklahoma native was arrested after the local authorities were informed he might be living in the territory without registering. The Justice Department reports Caily is also wanted in the state of Washington for failure to follow registration requirements. He was convicted in Kentucky in 2006 and sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for criminal charges including sexual abuse in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
Caily appeared in Superior Court Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Carolyn Hermon-Percell who found probable cause to charge Caily with failing to register. Hermon-Percell set cash bail for Caily at $25,000 without provision, or property twice the value.
Upon his release, bail conditions include surrendering his Kentucky driver’s license, not leaving the court’s jurisdiction of St. Thomas and St. John without first obtaining written permission from the court, written confirmation of the residential address and with whom he shall reside along with confirmation of the same individual that the defendant can reside there and 24-hour house arrest with electronic monitoring.
He is also required to report to the Office of Probation twice per week. If Caily violates any of the conditions of his release, he could be held in contempt of court, bail could be revoked, and he could be remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending trial. His arraignment date is July 16. Since there is an outstanding warrant for him absconding from Washington state without notifying them, the DOJ is following up with U.S. Marshals to see if they want to extradite him.
The V.I. Justice Department issued a wanted flyer and press release with Caily’s mugshot, description, and a list of aliases on June 24. A caller reported seeing Caily at the Gas station in Altona on Tuesday evening.
V.I. law requires registering within three days of arrival but the Justice Department alleges Caily arrived a month ago, on May 27.
The V.I. attorney general and Justice Department are legally mandated to administer and enforce the sex offender registration laws. Registered sexual offenders in the territory are prosecuted for either failing to register or not keeping their registration current, as required by this law, and if convicted, the penalty is a fine of not less than $3,000.00 nor more than $5,000.00, or imprisonment for not less than three months nor more than two years, or both. The law also provides that it is an offense to assist a sex offender to evade the registration requirements, which carries a fine of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $2,000.00, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
The sex offender registry is available for public view at https://usvi.nsopw.gov/