Four in DOC contraband case plead not guilty


The remaining defendants next court date is set for October 12 at 10 am.

Guam – Four defendants involved in the Department of Corrections Conspiracy to promote prison contraband denied the allegations against them.

Former DOC Officer Fermin Maritita, Corrections officer Edward Crisostimo, DPW employee Ronald Meno and civilian Rosalina Hocog each pleaded not guilty to all charges which include conspiracy, possession and bribery.

Superior Court Judge Benjamin Sison, continued their release on personal recognizance, despite the peoples request of a $10,000 P.R. Bond.

Sison additionally issued a stay away order with the exception that Rosalina Hocog not speak about the case with co-defendant and daughter Roxanne Hocog.

Meanwhile, Jerome San Nicolas was unable to answer the charges as his attorney Leslie Travis withdrew from the case citing conflict of interest, further stating that she has met with multiple witnesses in the case.

Inmate Shawn Paul Johnson was appointed an attorney, and will be arraigned on on October 18 at 9 am along with San Nicolas.

Crisostimo is scheduled to appear on October 12 at 9 am.

The remaining defendants next court date is set for October 12 at 10 am.

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.