PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 59-year-old man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly applying restricted-use pesticide in the U.S. Virgin Islands that left a Delaware family seriously ill.

Jose Rivera, 59, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

Rivera allegedly knowingly applied the restricted-use fumigant containing methyl bromide inside a luxury villa in St. John, where Steve Esmond, his wife Teresa Devine and their two teenage sons were staying in March 2015.

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The EPA says the health effects of using methyl bromide includes central nervous system and respiratory system damage.

Earlier this year, Terminix was sentenced to pay a total of $9.2 million in criminal fines and restitution.

 

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