Sexual abuse case against Santos dismissed


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho granted yesterday the Office of the Attorney General’s motion to dismiss without prejudice the case against David Blanco Santos, a 50-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a girl.

Dismissed without prejudice means the OAG may re-file the case in the future.

Camacho also vacated his order to require an explanation from the OAG why it should not be punished for filing the motion three business days before the trial.

Camacho accepted assistant attorney general Matthew Baisley’s explanation about the late filing of the motion.

Baisley said they found new information only last Monday that prompted them to decide to drop the case.

In the government’s motion to dismiss, assistant attorney general Teri C. Tenorio disclosed that the victim has expressed an inability to testify at the trial that was supposed to commence on Monday.

Assistant public defender Nancy Dominski, counsel for Santos, did not oppose to the motion.

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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