A federal grand jury indicted on Friday former acting CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife director Raymond Borja Roberto, who was recently arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly paying for sex with three female minors.
The indictment charged the 40-year-old Roberto with one count of coercion and enticement of a minor.
According to the indictment, on July 13, 2013, Roberto “using a facility and means of interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years old, to engage in sex activity for which a person could be charged with a criminal offense…”
Roberto appeared in court with his counsel, Joaquin Torres. He pleaded not guilty.
Last week, Torres cited some alleged inconsistencies in the girls’ statements given to the FBI.
Torres pointed out that one of the girls apparently told the FBI that her first encounter with Roberto was on March 12, 2013, when she ran away from home. The girl also allegedly stated that she and the other girls were picked up by the defendant on March 12, 2013.
Torres pointed out that on these particular dates, his client was not on Saipan as he was off-island from March 7 to 15, 2013.
Saipan Tribune learned that Roberto served as acting CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife for only two days.
FBI agents arrested the defendant last Aug. 31 on charges of coercion and enticement. The case is related to the earlier arrest of firefighter Richard S. Benavente and suspected pimp Annette N. Basa.