Man, 40, gets 30-year sentence for sex abuse

Girl gave birth last year

A 40-year-old man who sexually abused a girl since she was just 13 years old was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday.

The sexual assault resulted in the then-minor girl to give birth to a premature baby last year. The girl is now 18 years old.

Ruben Atalig Corpuz Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree.

Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio sentenced him to 45 years in prison, all suspended except for 30 years.

Corpuz will serve the sentence without the possibility of parole, with credit for 294 days of time served.

After serving his sentence, Corpuz will be placed on supervised probation for 15 years.

He was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, register as a sex offender, and complete counseling by the Adult Probation Office, including sex offender treatment.

During his probation, Corpuz will be prohibited from consuming any alcoholic beverages and from using illegal drugs.

Assistant attorney general Betsy Weintraub prosecuted the case. Assistant public defender Jamal Saleh served as counsel for Corpuz.

Corpuz sexually abused the girl on two separate occasions—in September and October 2016—on Saipan.

Corpuz, a resident of Kagman, was arrested in November 2016 and he immediately confessed.

Police said the victim’s mother only discovered the sexual abuse after the girl was taken to the hospital for a stomachache in November 2016. While in the hospital, she was found to be eight months pregnant and was about to give birth. She later gave birth.

According to the girl, Corpuz forced her to have sex with him since she was just 13 years old.

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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