CUC employee in domestic case released to a former cop as third-party custodian

The Superior Court allowed a Commonwealth Utilities Corp. employee facing domestic violence charges to post a $1,000 cash and $9,000 unsecured bond yesterday.

In granting Jose Olopai Rabauliman’s motion to modify the $10,000 cash bail, Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho found former police officer Tarsicio K. Olopai suitable as a third-party custodian.

The 56-year-old Olopai is Rabauliman’s uncle.

Camacho said Rabauliman should be with Olopai at all times when he is not at work and shall observe a 6pm to 6am daily curfew, among other conditions.

Preliminary hearing will be on Jan. 29 at 1:30pm.

Assistant public defender Nancy Dominski served as counsel for the defendant. Assistant attorney general Frances Demapan appeared for the government.

The 41-year-old Rabauliman was arrested last Monday for allegedly beating up his girlfriend after her birthday party at their home in Dandan. Police said the victim’s entire face was swollen after the defendant, who was intoxicated, allegedly punched her several times.

In 2000, a jury convicted Rabauliman of kidnapping, rape, and assault and battery of two women on the morning of March 28, 1998. Three other co-defendants were also convicted. The women were taken to Suicide Cliff, where the perpetrators gang-raped them.

In May 2000, then-associate judge Edward Manibusan slapped Rabauliman with a 30-year prison term. In March 2006, Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja granted Rabauliman’s motion to reduce the sentence and sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

In 2008, Rabauliman was reportedly released on parole. He is currently a CUC employee assigned at the power division. (Ferdie de la Torre)

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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