$50K bail for man accused of sexually abusing minor


The Superior Court has imposed a $50,000 cash bail on a man accused of sexually abusing a minor since she was in the third grade. 

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho last Monday imposed a $50,000 cash bail on Jose Fejeran Tudela, a man accused of sexually abusing a minor who is currently in the sixth grade since she was in the third grade. 

Tudela is currently facing the charge of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree. 

During the hearing, Camacho did not approve Tudela’s request to allow him to post 10% of his bail to be released and immediately remanded him back to Department of Corrections custody. 

Camacho ordered Tudela to return to court on Oct. 13, at 10am for a preliminary hearing while his arraignment was set for October 17, at 9am. 

According to court documents, Tudela was arrested after the minor allegedly reported the long ongoing abuse to a school counselor. 

Last Monday, at around 10:40am, Department of Public Safety officers responded to a possible sexual assault of a minor case at a local middle school. 

At the scene, the caller, one of the school’s counselors, confirmed the incident. 

The counselor told police that at around 10am that day, the victim informed her that she had been sexually assaulted by Tudela since she was in the third grade with the last incident happening the previous Saturday, Sept. 24, at around 10pm.

Later, in an interview with the minor, she confirmed that the most recent incident happened at around 10pm on Sept. 24. 

The victim said she intended to go to the bathroom that night and when she walked out of her bedroom, she saw Tudela in there so she went to the living room instead. Tudela allegedly approached her there and pulled her shorts to the side and molested her. 

The victim said she tried to push Tudela off with her hands and legs, but he kept pushing her hand and legs out of the way. She allegedly told him to stop but he told her to “shut up” and kept looking out into the hallway. 

Prior to the Saturday incident, the victim said on Sept. 22, Tudela took her hand and placed it on his privates. 

The victim also informed police that the first incident happened when she was in the third grade. At around 11am while she was getting ready for school, Tudela allegedly approached her while she was putting on a pair of long pants and took off her pants and underwear and proceeded to sexually abuse her. 

Another incident she recalled was when she was in the fourth grade. She stated she was at home when Tudela approached her, grabbed her legs, and sexually abused her. 


Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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