The prosecution began the jury trial of former lawmaker Juan Iguel Tenorio yesterday by calling in witnesses, including a 14-year-old girl that he allegedly sexually abused in 2010.
When Saipan Tribune left the Superior Court yesterday at 4:45pm, attorney Robert T. Torres, counsel for the 64-year-old Tenorio, was still cross-examining the alleged victim.
The minor testified that she told her mother on Dec. 30, 2012, that Tenorio molested between May 2010 and December 2010.
The girl said that Tenorio first massaged her body and then touched her privates so she told him to stop. She said she then ran to the bedroom. She said Tenorio told her not to tell anyone.
“I’m tired of keeping it!” said the girl when asked by defense counsel Torres why it took her two years to tell her mother about the alleged incident.
The girl, however, admitted she could not remember some details of her statements during separate interviews with police detectives.
During a break in her testimony, the teary-eyed girl was seen hugging her mother in the courtroom.
Before the girl’s testimony, assistant attorneys general Margo Brown and Chemere McField called the mother to the witness stand.
The mother testified that she was at the Light in the Sun Church in Gualo Rai on Dec. 30, 2012, when her daughter told her that she needs to talk to her. The mother said her daughter appeared scared and then started crying and told her that Tenorio touched her. She said her daughter is a very jolly person and it was the first time she saw her become very emotional.
“I was really shocked, crying and devastated that it happened to my child,” said the mother, sobbing.
The mother said she and her daughter then approached their pastor and she told him what happened to her child.
The mother said she was very angry, but that she wanted to make sure that her anger would not affect her decision as she has to think for her family since Tenorio “is very well known.”
The following day, the mother went to the police and reported the incident. She also later reported the matter to the Division of Youth Services and the Office of the Attorney General.
The mother said she became frustrated with some of the detectives who were initially assigned to look into the case because months passed by with no action or no progress.
She said Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero later called her and assured that detective Peter Aldan will take care of the case.
“It was so painful because my daughter was telling me about what happened to her, but there’s no action,” she said.
The Office of the Attorney General soon filed the case against Tenorio.
Aldan, the government’s first witness yesterday, testified, among other things, that on Jan. 29, 2013, DPS Commissioner Deleon Guerrero called him to handle the case.
Aldan said that when he interviewed the girl, she cried and appeared scared.
The trial is expected to continue today, Wednesday.
Tenorio is on trial on charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace. He used to serve as Office of Personnel Management director.