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Thursday, April 17, 2014

New charge filed vs ex-acting DFW chief

An additional charge was filed yesterday in federal court against former acting CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife director Raymond Borja Roberto, who was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation in August for allegedly paying for sex with three minors.

The superseding indictment charged the 40-year-old Roberto with two counts of coercion and enticement of a minor. The charges involved two girls.

The original indictment charged him with only one count of coercion and enticement of a minor that involved one girl.

According to the new indictment, from March 1, 2013, to about July 18, 2013, Roberto, “using a facility and means of interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced” two minors to engage in sexual activity.

Attorney Joaquin Torres, counsel for Roberto, earlier cited some alleged inconsistencies in the girls’ statements to the FBI.

Guam lawyer David J. Lujan is joining in the case as co-counsel for Torres.

Saipan Tribune learned that Roberto served as acting CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife for only two days.

FBI agents arrested him on 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.

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