Kim-Tenorio corrects sentence on sex offender


Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio yesterday corrected her commitment order to reflect that the prison term on sex offender Ivan Jones Castro was six months and 30 days instead of one year and 30 days.

In an amended judgment of conviction and commitment order, Kim-Tenorio said Castro is given credit of 161 days of time served.

The judge said Castro’s release date from the Department of Corrections is June 17, 2016.

The original written order issued last Wednesday states that the release date is Dec. 16, 2016. All other conditions in the commitment order remain in the amended order.

Castro, 39, was slapped with the prison term for his failure to update the Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry Section about his verification information, for having contact with minor children, and for violating his probation conditions.

After completing the prison term, Castro will be placed on supervised probation for three years.

The defendant was ordered to pay a $100 fine, $25 in court assessment fee, and $200 in probation fee.

Castro was required to abide by all the terms and conditions of the Sex Offender Registry, including notifying DPS of any address changes within two days and not living in a household with any non-biological minors.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, on Aug. 25 to Oct. 13, 2015 on Saipan, Castro failed to update a change in his residence and place of employment with DPS. He resided in a residence with two minor children in violation of his probation condition imposed in his previous conviction.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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