DOC investigating inmate assault allegations

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Guam – In response to recent assault allegations posed by Department of Corrections detainee Louis Anthony Vargas, DOC director Samantha Brennan said the department is currently investigating the matter.

During a hearing at the Superior Court of Guam, Vargas said that he feared he would not be alive for trial. According to Vargas, he had been assaulted by at least nine inmates on five separate occasions since his incarceration.

Vargas, a former United States Air Force non-commissioned officer, is in prison for raping a 9-year-old girl.

With news of Vargas’ allegations and the past assaults on other inmates, PNC posed several questions to DOC, specifically inquiring about what changes had been made to assure inmate safety and improve security policies and procedures.

Brennan said, “The matter is currently under investigation and I am unable to comment further.”

This is not the first time an inmate or detainee had been assaulted while in DOC custody. In recent years, inmate Manson Ernest was found dead in his cell at the Hagatna Detention Facility. Then there was Justin Meno who was in Post 6 Maximum Security unit at the Mangilao prison where he was severely beaten to death by fellow inmates.

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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.