Assistant Attorney General arrested for assault; OAG to conduct review of incident


Assistant Attorney General David J. Highsmith has been arrested by the Guam Police Department for alleged assault.

According to GPD, officers from the Hagatna Precinct Command responded to an assault complaint on Thursday, Aug. 1 that occurred at the Superior Courts of Guam in Hagatna.

GPD said preliminary reports suggest that an altercation occurred between two men while at the Superior Courts of Guam.

As a result of the incident, one of the individuals involved was transported to Guam Regional Medical City for treatment and care.

Although GPD did not reveal any identity, reports state that the man taken to GRMC was lawyer Frank Gary Gumataotao.

Highsmith, 67 years old, was booked and released after being charged for assault.

The case had been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General for prosecution.

The OAG has issued a statement on the matter, saying that it is aware of the incident and arrest that occurred yesterday involving Assistant Attorney General David Highsmith.

OAG 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 OAG said.