Convicted sex offender to be released from prison

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During a sentencing hearing in District Court this afternoon, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood handed down a sentence of six months and 13 days on Joey Tanaka Teriong. 

A convicted sex offender who failed to register in the sex offender registry has served his time and is expected to be released from prison today.

During a sentencing hearing in District Court this afternoon, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood handed down a sentence of six months and 13 days on Joey Tanaka Teriong. 

But he won’t be in prison much longer as the sentence imposed is time he has already spent behind bars. 

Classified as a tier two sex offender, Teriong must register with the Guam Sex Offender Registry twice a year for life. However, according to US Attorney Rosetta San Nicolas, he failed to comply with this condition for seven years.

In light of this, the federal government requested 15 months incarceration for this offense, as his criminal sexual conduct conviction involved a 13-year-old girl that he had sexual intercourse with at least 10 times in 2001.

While Teriong did register with the California and Texas sex offender registries, he did not register with Guam’s sex offender registry when he returned to the island and ceased reporting since July 2012, court documents state.

Teriong told the court that his failure to register is the result of “the urgent need to provide care and support for his family members.” 

With the completion of his incarceration, Teriong has been placed on five years of supervised release.

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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.