Man accused of having sex with minor gets 4 months in prison


A 20-year-old man accused of having sex with his then 15-year-old girlfriend in Garapan last year pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was slapped with a four-month prison term.

Ashiqur Rahaman, also known as Simon Kosam, pleaded guilty to one count of assault and battery. He was sentenced to one-year in prison, all suspended except for four months. Rahaman was given credit for four months of time served.

The sentence shall be in addition to his sentence in a previous 2015 criminal conviction. In that case, he pleaded guilty to assault and battery.

This means Rahaman shall be released from the Department of Corrections on March 21, 2017.

As part of the plea deal, the government dropped the remaining count of assault and battery.

Rahaman was originally charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. The government later amended the charge to two counts of assault and battery.
Jennifer Dockter served as counsel for Rahaman.

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

Related Posts

Disclaimer: Comments are moderated. They will not appear immediately or even on the same day. Comments should be related to the topic. Off-topic comments would be deleted. Profanities are not allowed. Comments that are potentially libelous, inflammatory, or slanderous would be deleted.