- Associated Press - Friday, April 13, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A 59-year-old man has been accused of illegally applying banned pesticides at a number of locations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including at a resort where a Delaware family fell seriously ill.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of Jose Rivera, a Terminix employee, on Friday.

The News Journal reports Rivera is accused of knowingly using the pesticides at the Sirenusa resort in St. John, where Steve Esmond, his wife, Dr. Theresa Divine, and their two sons were staying.

After becoming ill, the family was rushed to hospitals and then airlifted back to the United States. Three family members sustained neurological damage.

A family spokesman couldn’t be reached by the newspaper for comment Friday.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Rivera.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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