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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ex-OPM chief arrested for alleged sex abuse

Police arrested over the weekend former representative Juan Iguel Tenorio for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in As Matuis.

Police officer Jeffrey Norita served the arrest warrant on the 64-year-old Tenorio in As Matuis Saturday night on charges of sexual assault in the second degree, assault and battery, sexual assault of a minor in second degree, and disturbing the peace.

Tenorio was taken before Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman for his initial court appearance yesterday afternoon.

In issuing the warrant, Wiseman imposed a $50,000 cash bail on Tenorio. At yesterday’s hearing, the judge converted the $50,000 cash bail to a property bond.

Wiseman noted that Tenorio is not a flight risk and has no criminal history.

Tenorio’s wife, Rosita, was named his third-party custodian.

Tenorio will only be released from jail after all papers are submitted in connection with his two lands as property bond.

Once he posts bail, the former congressman will be placed on house arrest and is directed to have no contact with any children below 18 years old, even at work.

Attorney Robert T. Torres appeared as counsel for Tenorio. Assistant attorney general Shelli Neal represented the government.

Police detective Peter A. Aldan stated in his report that the incident happened between May 31, 2010 and December 2010.

Aldan said it was only on Dec. 30, 2012, when the girl confessed to her mother that Tenorio touched her privates.

Shortly after the incident happened, the girl’s father reportedly confronted Tenorio, who denied any inappropriate touching. The defendant allegedly explained he was only massaging her.

Tenorio used to serve as the CNMI personnel director. He was the CNMI Republic Party chairman and part of the Independent Republicans that left the GOP after Gov. Benigno R. Fitial rejoined the GOP. He is currently the human resource manager for Hafadai Beach Hotel.

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