Convicted sex offender arrested for sexual assault

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Guam – A convicted sex offender is back in jail on similar charges after police say he sexually assaulted a minor boy again.

Jerome Joe Cruz is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy for 30 minutes.

Court documents state that the victim awoke to Cruz groping his genitals but out of fear he continued to pretend he was sleeping. The victim told police that Cruz used the boy’s hand to grope him as well. It wasn’t until Cruz fell asleep that the minor boy was able to leave the room.

According to court documents the incident occurred sometime in November or December of last year but the victim was too afraid to report the assault.

Cruz is a registered sex offender convicted of third degree criminal sexual conduct against a male minor. He is also on parole for theft of property.

In this recent case he is being charged with two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct. He was booked and confined.

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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.