Court finds charges against Pasatiempo supported by probable cause

Judiciary of Guam (file photo)

The court has reviewed the criminal complaint the Office of the Attorney General has lodged against Doctor Abner Penaojas Pasatiempo and determined that the charges against him are supported by probable cause.

He was charged with seven counts of Official Misconduct and seven counts of Harassment.

According to the Magistrate’s Complaint, the defendant was an employee at the Guam
Behavioral Health and Wellness Center until December 13, 2019, when he resigned.

The offenses in the complaint occurred at appointments or sessions with the defendant between March 2018 and December 2019. All of the offenses occurred when the defendant was a government employee and are based on misconduct in office.

Under Guam law, a misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor crime must be charged within one year of the date the incident occurs. However, there is an exception to the general rule when the offense is based on misconduct in office by a public employee.

When the offense is based on misconduct in office, prosecution can commence against a public official or employee during their employment or within 3 years after their employment ends.

A summons was issued to him and his next court hearing is on March 05, 2021, before Judge Benjamin C. Sison Jr.