Sex offender allegedly assaults minor on Rota


A convicted sex offender in Guam was arrested on Rota last Sunday for allegedly touching the privates of a 17-year-old girl who was sleeping as a guest of a family in Sinapalo I.

Lazaro H. Guillermo, 24, was taken before Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo last Tuesday afternoon for a bail hearing on charges of sexual assault in the second degree, burglary, and disturbing the peace.

Govendo imposed a $50,000 cash bail on Guillermo and set the preliminary hearing for June 21 at 1:30pm.

According to the Rota Department of Public Safety, they received a call regarding a sexual assault of a minor case at a home in Sinapalo I last Sunday at 6:43am.

Upon police’s arrival at the scene, they learned that the victim is a 17-year-old girl, who is an off-island guest of a family over the weekend.

Investigation revealed that the alleged perpetrator, Guillermo, is a friend of the family but does not stay in that house.

Guillermo was arrested that same morning at a nearby house.

The victim told police that she woke up to someone touching her privates in the early morning of Sunday as she was sleeping on a couch in a bedroom with another female on a bed with a baby.

The victim allegedly recognized Guillermo but she did not scream for help, afraid that he might hurt her and the two others in the room. It was only when Guillermo left the bedroom that the victim told the other woman in the room about what had happened.

The other female told police that she actually saw Guillermo enter the room and touch the victim’s privates but that she was also was scared to say anything as the suspect may hurt her.

During the police interview, Guillermo allegedly admitted breaking into the house through the window and touching the girl.

Guillermo said he left the bedroom when the witness told him to leave.

Based on DPS records, Guillermo is a sex offender in Guam.

Guillermo reports to DPS Rota once a year about where he lives.

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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