OAG amends charges vs 4 men in rape case

Teri C. Tenorio

The Office of the Attorney General has amended the charges against four men, including a father and son, who were accused of rape.

The amended information charged 42-year-old Joseph Aquino Saimon with sexual assault in the first degree, and assault and battery.

Romeo Aquino Saimon, 43; Richmond Ray Keybond, 19; and Christopher Aquino Saimon, 38; were charged each with two counts of sexual assault in the second degree.

Romeo Saimon is the father of Keybond.

Romeo, Christopher, and Joseph Saimon are bothers.

According to the amended information filed by assistant attorney general Teri C. Tenorio, Joseph Saimon sexually assaulted the victim last June 25.

Joseph Saimon also allegedly pushed the victim, causing her to fall and bruise her knees last June 24.

Romeo Saimon, Keybond, and Christopher Saimon allegedly sexually assaulted the woman twice while she was incapacitated last June 24.

Police said the victim was drunk and was sleeping when the defendants raped her.

At a preliminary hearing last month, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho found probable cause to warrant the filing of two of four charges against Joseph Saimon.

No probable cause was found to charge Joseph Saimon with two other offenses.

No probable cause was found as to one charge against Keybond, but his counsel was ordered to file an opening brief as to two other charges.

Christopher Saimon’s counsel was also ordered to file an opening brief.

Romeo Saimon waived his right to a preliminary hearing. (Ferdie de la Torre)

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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