AG asks governor for special prosecutor in Highsmith case; Assistant AG placed on administrative leave

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“Our office is prepared to take criminal action against those who violate quarantine orders when warnings and education efforts aren’t enough,” said Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho. (PNC file photo)

Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho has sent a letter to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, requesting that she engage the services of a special prosecutor to review the police report related to the incident involving Assistant Attorney General David Highsmith.

Highsmith was arrested last week by the Guam Police Department for allegedly assaulting lawyer Frank “Gary” Gumataotao.

A day after his arrest last Friday, Highsmith was placed on administrative leave by the AG pending the completion of an internal review.

“Attorney Highsmith is a longtime employee of the Office of the Attorney General. If the Guam Police Department presents a report of the arrest for consideration of criminal charges, I would like to engage the services of an independent attorney to review the report and determine whether to file criminal charges,” AG Camacho wrote in his letter to the governor.

The AG added that he is committed to the transparent and impartial review of the case.

“For that reason, I ask that your office handle the acquisition of legal services to address this matter. Please let me know if you are able to assist,” the AG added.

Earlier, the AG issued a statement on the matter, saying that it is aware of the incident and arrest that occurred involving Highsmith.

The AG said it holds employees to a high standard of conduct while they are acting on behalf of the office.

“We have a responsibility as an employer, and will conduct an administrative review of the incident. We are also aware of our responsibility to ensure all criminal complaints are handled appropriately. Any criminal complaint related to this incident will be referred to an independent attorney,” the AG said.

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