Man gets 9 years for sex abuse of minor

Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman handed down yesterday a nine-year sentence against a 41-year-old man who sexually abused a girl on Tinian since she was 8 or 9 years old.

Wiseman said he believes that John Ibanez Carreon’s conduct was reprehensible and subject to a serious prison sentence.

“He victimized not only one, but some of the most protected members in any civilized-the young, the innocent, and the defenseless children,” the judge said.

The girl is now 12 years old.

Wiseman sentenced Carreon to a total of 16 years in prison, all suspended except for nine years with credit for time served.

Carreon will be released from prison on Jan. 26, 2020. He will then be placed on probation for seven years. He was required to pay a $2,500 fine, $100 court assessment fee, plus a probation fee.

Carreon was also ordered to perform 2,000 hours of community service, register as a sex offender, and complete sex offender treatment.

The defendant and his counsel, Joaquin Torres, signed a plea agreement with the government, represented by assistant attorney general Shelli Neal.

Police arrested Carreon on Tinian on Jan. 25, 2012, after a concerned citizen called the Tinian police two days earlier about a sexual abuse victim who wanted to die.

By Ferdie de la Torre

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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