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.