Ehlert asks for unsupervised off-island parole; Speaker opposed

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Former UOG professor Michael Ehlert (PNC file photo)

A former University of Guam professor who was convicted of sexually assaulting more than one student has asked the Parole Board to take him off supervision.

In October 2017, Michael Ehlert was convicted of sexually assaulting at least two of his college students during parties he held at his Talafofo home.

Ehlert was found guilty of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct and attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct as 2nd-degree felonies.

At a parole board hearing held on Thursday, Ehlert requested for unsupervised off-island parole.

This request caused Speaker Tina Muna Barnes and others to write letters to the parole board asking that Ehlert’s request be denied and that he be held accountable with supervision maintained.

“Approval of his request for unsupervised off-island parole risks creating societal consequences. It is our duty as people who uphold the ethical standards of power to come together to protect and maintain the safety of all. Approval of his request will send a message to our people that these crimes are minor and of little importance,” said the Speaker.

The parole board has taken the matter under advisement.

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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.