Hearing pushed back for man who tried to jump off building

The preliminary hearing for Jordan Tudela, the man who threatened to kill himself in December by jumping off a building, was pushed back because of ongoing negotiations to resolve the case without going to trial.

The preliminary hearing for Tudela, 36, which was initially set for April 16, was pushed back to May 22 because defense and the prosecution are currently negotiating the terms of a possible plea agreement.

If terms are agreed on, a preliminary hearing would not be necessary anymore because a sentence would be ready to be imposed.

Tudela, who threatened to jump off a three-story building in Chalan Kanoa in December 2018, has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, child abuse, and disturbing the peace. He was allegedly caught sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Chalan Kanoa.

According to court information, Tudela’s girlfriend and the alleged eyewitness of the assault told police that she caught Tudela sexually molesting the 11-year-old girl in their home in Chalan Kanoa.

The eyewitness told police that she panicked and ran out of the room and immediately called police for assistance. Tudela reportedly left the house prior to the arrival of Department of Public Safety officers.

The 11-year-old victim later allegedly told police that Tudela had threatened to kill her family if she reports what he did to her.

Tudela allegedly begged his girlfriend not to report the matter to authorities, and that she reported the incident nonetheless, prompting him to climb atop a building and threaten to jump off.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista 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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