Consensual defense raised in rape trial

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Jefta Moses is accused of sexual assault.

A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Jefta Moses last year, took the stand today recalling the night the incident occurred and telling jurors that she knew he was going to do something to her by the way he was looking and coming close to her.

But was it rape or was the sex consensual? Intending to prove the latter, Jefta Moses’ attorney John Morrison painted a picture for jurors through the cross-examination of the woman who says she was raped twice by Moses in the jungle along Route 3 in Dededo. Morrison’s line of questioning centered around the two sexual encounters and the events leading up to her walking on the road that night.

The woman testified that she arrived at work that day for her shift at 4:45 p.m. and was scheduled to work until 11 p.m. that night. When she arrived, her aunt was there to repossess the vehicle the woman had been driving, taking the keys, and $225 leaving the woman without transportation.

While her boyfriend was supposed to pick her up from work, she says that she got off early and could not reach her boyfriend or family members. Still emotional from the encounter with her aunt, the woman said she decided to walk home to her apartment in Dededo. The route took her through NCS road where she encountered Moses who asked her for a lighter.

Morrison asked the woman if she perceived Moses to be a threat at that point. She testified that she didn’t and thought they were going to go their separate ways. She said they began talking as Moses asked her questions and asked if he could follow her home. That’s when the victim began to feel that he was going to do something to her.

Morrison pointed out that the woman followed Moses into the jungle which was about 10 feet from the road where cars were passing by. He also pointed out that she removed her pants. The woman stated that she did so because Moses was attempting to remove them saying, “I told him will be the one to take them off.”

Morrison stressed in his line of questioning that the woman did not attempt to run to the road for help during the two sexual assaults, alluding to it being consensual.

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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.