Man pleads guilty to sex abuse of minor


A man who attempted to jump off a three-story building in Chalan Kanoa after he was allegedly caught sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl pleaded guilty yesterday as part of a plea deal.

Jordan Robert Tudela, 37, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. As part of the deal, Tudela will be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not more than 15 years, to be decided by the judge at the sentencing hearing.

Tudela will also pay a fine up to $10,000, to be decided by the judge.

Tudela is prepared to accept any punishment and will not be able to withdraw his guilty plea if the judge does not agree with the terms of the deal.

Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho yesterday set the sentencing for Dec. 4, 2019.

Tudela is represented in the case by assistant public defender Jean Pierre Nogues. Assistant attorney general Samantha Vickery is prosecuting the case.

According to court documents, Tudela sexually abused the girl on Dec. 1, 2018. Tudela’s girlfriend told police that she caught the defendant sexually molesting the girl at a residence in Chalan Kanoa. Tudela allegedly begged to his girlfriend not to report the matter to authorities. The girlfriend did so, nonetheless, prompting Tudela to climb atop a three-story building in Chalan Kanoa and threaten to jump off it.

For over three hours, police officers and other first responders urged Tudela to get off the edge of the building. He was later arrested at the site.

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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