Probable cause found against 56-year-old man accused of raping 18-year-old in jungle


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has found probable cause to warrant the filing of charges against a 56-year-old man for allegedly raping an 18-year-old student in a jungle area at the Saipan airport.

At a preliminary hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Camacho found probable cause to charge John Santos Aldan with sexual assault in the first degree, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

Camacho ordered Aldan to answer the charges.

Arraignment will be on Feb. 22 at 9am.

After the hearing, Aldan was remanded into the custody of the Department of Corrections.

A $100,000 cash bail has been set for the defendant’s temporary release.

The alleged victim told police that Aldan picked her up from school last Feb. 8 then brought her to a jungle area by the ARFF Building at the Francisco C. Ada-Saipan International Airport.

The teenager said she struggled but Aldan grabbed her neck and raped her inside his red Toyota T 100 pickup truck.

She later told her mother about the incident. Her mother then called the police.

Police detective Therese S. Kintoki is the officer in charge of the case. Assistant attorney general Shannon Foley appeared for the government. Assistant public defender Matthew Meyer served as counsel for the defendant.

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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