Ex-UOG professor’s CSC conviction appeal sits in the hand of the Supreme Court


Guam – It is now up to the Chief Justices to decide if an appeal will be granted in the case involving the ex-UOG Professor convicted of sexual harassment.

Michael Ehlert’s appeal to overturn his conviction is warranted based on several factors, according to his attorney Randy Cunliffe.

He argued that that the element of forced coercion was not met and that testimony from the three alleged victims was prejudiced.

Cunliffe argued that the testimony provided by the victims did not equate to the charges, and that the timelines in question bring forth a question of the credibility of the victims.

He also contends that the government’s argument of surprise was not what was pleaded, instead it was force and coercion.

“The jury was instructed on all potential elements of force which included surprise but also included physical force and a jury did not return a verdict saying we thought it occurred by surprise,” argued Cunliffe.

The Chief Prosecutor in the case Jeremy Kemper contended that surprise is related to the time and conditions surrounding the allegation, stating that no one anticipates having a hand come under their shorts while in the water.

The Supreme Court has taken the matter under advisement and will be issuing their decision at a later time.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.