Man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 2 women at Grotto


A man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two women who were swimming at Grotto area in Marpi on Sunday morning.

Responding Police Officer Rodolfo arrested at the scene Mollik Sagar for two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, two counts of assault and battery, and two counts of disturbing the peace.

At yesterday’s hearing, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho maintained the bail at $30,000 cash and set the preliminary hearing for May 10 at 1:30pm.

Assistant public defender Cindy Nesbit was appointed as counsel for Sagar. A translator was also appointed because the defendant is a Bangladeshi who does not understand and read English.

Assistant attorney general Betsy Weintraub appeared for the government.

Police Detective Catherine B. Pangelinan stated in her report that Officer Hermosilla responded to the Grotto on Sunday at 11:34am after a lifeguard called to report about a sexual assault incident.

The two Korean women, who were in a pavilion, told the officer that Sagar sexually assaulted them while they were swimming.

The women alleged that they arrived at Grotto, but they could not swim because they were not carrying life jackets.

The women said Sagar and another Bangladeshi man approached and asked to pay them $25 each in exchange for guiding them in the swimming area.

The women agreed because they know how to swim without life jackets.

One victim said Sagar followed her and kept pulling her to the cave area. The suspect also allegedly kept touching her thighs and buttocks despite her telling him to stop.

The first victim pulled Sagar’s arm and hand away from her then swam toward the other man.

Sagar then approached the second woman, who later swam back to the first woman and started to cry.

The women said Sagar was probably thinking they’re amateur swimmers when it was not the first time for them to dive/swim at the Grotto.

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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