Prosecution rests after calling 10th witness in trial of ex-Rota cop


The prosecution rested yesterday after calling to the stand their 10th witness in the ongoing jury trial at Rota Courthouse of former Rota police officer Melvin Maratita Manglona.

Defense counsel Brien Sers Nicholas did not call any witness and moved for acquittal of the 49-year-old Manglona, Saipan Tribune learned.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho denied the motion.

The jurors went home at 4:30pm. They were instructed to return today, Thursday, at 8am for the continuation of the trial.

The parties’ closing arguments and jury deliberations will be today, Thursday.

Chief prosecutor Michele Harris and assistant attorney general Teri Tenorio are prosecuting the case.

The government alleged that Manglona sexually abused a minor girl last July and Aug. 11, 2016.

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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