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Masa chooses silence

Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton. Photo Credit:

A member of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has given evidence contradicting Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton’s claim that he did not know a video he posted on social networking site Facebook had strong sexual content.

Pemberton, who was a well-known and outspoken social media personality, is before the Magistrate’s Court for obscene publication. His trial finished this week after he opted to ‘remain silent’.

Meanwhile, according to Pemberton’s statement to police, a friend had instructed him to post the video on Facebook in 2015.

Pemberton stated that he was not able to view the video from his cellular phone, and so he blindly posted it on the social networking site.

Police officer Alston Butler testified in the Magistrate’s Court this week that he saw the video on Pemberton’s Facebook page roughly four hours after it was posted, adding that the video was captioned ‘Sigh’.

The cop, who is also a technical expert for the RVIPF, further testified that Pemberton would not have been able to post the ‘sex video’ on Facebook if it was not first viewable on his cellular phone.

He explained that Facebook uses ‘normal video-viewing software’ that is compatible across all smart devices.

“The file would have to be playable on the phone… If the file is corrupted or it is of an unusual file format, Facebook would not have accepted it,” the police computer technician said.

100 shares, 197 comments

The police officer further stated that, when he first viewed the sex video on Pemberton’s Facebook page, the post already had been shared 100 times by other social media users.

The lawman added that the video, at the time, was liked by 87 persons, and it generated 197 comments. He added that he took a screenshot of the video that was on the accused man’s page.

“As a police officer, if I see anything of interest, I screenshot it,” the cop explained, adding that he happened upon the video while he surfed the internet about 1:30 on the morning of October 1, 2015.

No exposed skin

Pemberton’s attorney Valerie Stephens-Gordon cross-examined the police officer, who agreed that no ‘exposed skin’ was seen in the video although it appeared someone was performing oral sex.

The prosecution closed its case after the police officer’s testimony. Pemberton however told the court that he will not testify in the case against him.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards is scheduled to deliver a verdict on September 12.

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  1. IRD1 says:

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    I R wondering if Pemberton now knows that social media isn’t life

  2. Really says:

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    My God look what the man get for exposing paedophilia albeit not the right way but damn.

  3. false says:

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    The file is playable, but he himself does not have to view it before posting, this is a lie. I can post a movie without watching it. If you get something from a trusted source you just go ahead sometimes, which can put you in jeopardy.

  4. Hahahahaha says:

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    Smh, 1:30 in the morning this police on another man page screen shotting videos of a sexual nature. You see how crazy that sounds and he’s the “good guy”

    • mi ra says:

      Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 6

      same thing i wondering

    • 24/7 says:

      Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 9

      I thought police work 24/7, even when you are sleeping

    • Which One says:

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      They don’t investigate, you complain; they investigate, you complain.

    • Good up says:

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      Don’t be an a$$! Police work around the clock. It is not suspicious that he stumbles on a video at 1am in the morning. Normal people be on social media at all hours also.

  5. wow says:

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    This is shocking. Even tho he made the video public but damn You expose a big grown…well known man for doing wrong and look who the police against. Stay strong young man

  6. @wow says:

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    I agree. Isn’t it ironic? Expose the law (or ex law) and the law lock him up. ~singing~ I fought the law and the law won

    • Enforcement Is Key says:

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      That’s the law. You aren’t permitted to publicly expose illicit material, including pornography of minors. It is alleged that he purposely published illegal material. It’s obviously a minor in the video.

  7. Enforcement Is Key says:

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    In one way I feel he should receive what is appropriate according to the law… however, and I mean a big however is the fact this guy must be really really bewildered, scared and knowing he’s become the scapegoat.

    If this little country BVI upheld laws and enforced what is supposedly in place, the guy probably would not have chosen to do what he did. This is what enforcement is about.

    A lawless society comes from lack of enforcement. We are human and we will do what we can get away with.

  8. Fact says:

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    I have never read anywhere that a minor was involved in any video. It was a woman and not a minor so please get your facts straight. Procuring a woman for prostitution and this happens in the BVI night and day 24/7.

  9. FvckTheLaw #RealTalkMS says:

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    So wa happen to the officer (ex oficer..idk idgaf) who was getting headazz from the MINOR in said video? Smh

  10. James says:

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    He should have humbled him self years ago, now when he suppose to talk an defend himself he wants to be silent, can’t feel for Masa, he don’t feel for people…

  11. smdh says:

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    If he wasnt exposing some of the trash government doing in the BVI, you think they would be going this hard for him.

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