27 Jul 2017
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
SUPERIOR Court Judge Pro Tem Timothy Bellas found probable cause as to count II — the charge of disturbing the peace — filed against a boat captain, Angel Bacani Morales, 47.
Judge Bellas, however, reserved his ruling on count I, child abuse or neglect, and ordered the prosecution and defense to submit short memorandums about it. The court will hear the matter on Friday.
Morales, who is out of custody, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, and was represented by Assistant Public Defender Shoshanah Epstein while Assistant Attorney General Teri Tenorio appeared for the government.
According to the information filed in court, on or about Jan. 1, 2017, Morales unlawfully and intentionally grabbed a 14-year-old girl while driving her home, and harmed or threatened the physical or mental health well-being of the girl.
Police said Morales kissed the girl without her consent, but he told them that it was she who held his hand, hugged and kissed him.
In other news
On Tuesday, in a separate case, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho found probable cause to charge former boxer Miguel Cecilio Arrozal with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.
But Judge Camacho dismissed the disturbing the peace charge without prejudice.
Assistant Public Defender Jamal Saleh represented Arrozal while Assistant AG Teri Tenorio appeared for the government.
At the first preliminary hearing last week, Judge Camacho found no probable cause to charge Arrozal. The Office of the AG then re-filed the case on the same day.
The prosecution said Arrozal sexually abused an 8-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl between May 1, 2017 and June 3, 2017 on Saipan.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/97224-court-finds-probable-cause-to-charge-boat-captain-with-disturbing-the-peace