Appeal of guilty verdict to begin in ex-professor’s sexual assault case


Guam – Oral arguments will be heard tomorrow in the appeal of an ex-UOG Professor convicted of criminal sexual conduct.

In October 2017, Michael Ehlert was found guilty of sexually assaulting three university students.  He was sentenced to 18 months of a possible 8-year incarceration.

But Ehlert has yet to serve a single day of that sentence. Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez allowed him to remain on house arrest pending his appeal.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of oral arguments on Ehlert’s attempt to reverse the conviction.  At the time of his sentencing Ehlert maintained his innocence.

“Since the very beginning of the women’s claims, I have worked within the system to clear my name of these allegations. And I say “allegations,” decidedly because we still don’t know what happened that night. The women’s stories on the stand contradict each other. Nevertheless, I accept that the jury drew a conclusion and found me guilty on two counts of six charges. I accept. However, I continue to vigorously deny any wrongdoing and never had sexual contact with any of the students, as alleged,” he said previously.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.