Man, 49, admits to touching intimate parts of teenager

A 49-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl entered a guilty plea last Dec. 5 in the Superior Court and was slapped with a sentence of 189 days of time served.

Roger Mina pleaded guilty to the offense of assault and battery, which is a lesser-included offense to sexual assault in the second degree.

Mina, a Filipino carpenter, was assisted by a court-appointed translator, Byron Piteg.

Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo granted the government’s counsel assistant attorney general Chester Hinds’ request to dismiss the remaining charges of one count of assault and battery and two counts of disturbing the peace.

Govendo sentenced Mina to one year imprisonment, with credit of 189 days of time served, with the remaining balance suspended.

It means that the defendant was released that same day, Dec 5. He was placed on two years of probation and required to pay all court costs and probation fees.

Mina was ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with the victim and has to stay 1,000 feet away from her during the probationary period. He was required to register and comply with the CNMI Sex Offender Registry, plus other conditions.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Mina engaged in sexual contact with the girl by touching her intimate parts in April 2017 on Saipan.

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 ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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