“Chuukese Love Potion” rapist pleads guilty to raping minor for 10 years

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Martin Rengechy says his sister-in-law planted the potion in his pillow in an effort to split up his relationship with his wife.


Guam – The man who claimed that a “Chuukese love potion” drove him to rape a young girl repeatedly over the course of ten years has pleaded guilty in court today.

Martin Rengechy was arrested in April after the young girl’s teacher found a suicide note. The student later told the guidance counselor that Rengechy had been raping her since she was 7 or 8 years old about two or more times a month.

Court documents state that when police interviewed him, Rengechy claimed he did not remember touching the victim, and believed it was a “Chuukese love potion” that drove him to rape the young girl. Court documents say Rengechy thinks the love potion was planted inside his pillow by his sister-in-law, who he claims was in love with him and wanted to split up his relationship.

Today, in court, Rengechy accepted an offer from the government, pleading guilty to third degree criminal sexual conduct as a second degree felony. As part of the offer the government agreed to dismiss three of the four charges which included first degree criminal sexual conduct as a first degree felony and fraudulent use of a license plate.

The plea agreement also stipulates that Rengechy will receive the maximum 8 years in prison, however, all but three years may be suspended. This means that he will have a little over 2 years left in prison. Once released he will serve 3 years parole and must register as a level 1 sex offender.

But before he continues to serve his prison sentence there may be a possibility that he could be temporarily released. His attorney notified the court of their intent to file a motion for a furlough, which if approved would allow Rengechy to be temporarily released from prison for a designated amount of time, however, the specifics of the request have not been disclosed.

A sentencing hearing has been set for March 7, 2018.

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.