In another move demonstrating his zero-tolerance policy towards non-US citizens convicted of violent crimes and costing the government of Guam tens of thousands of dollars per year per detainee, Gov. Eddie Calvo has ordered four sex offenders back to their home countries, never to return. But, as you’ll learn in this report, depending on the way their home governments treat their cases, freedom from the Guam prison system could give deportees a new lease on a free life.
Guam – Sentences commuted and ready for deportation, four more felons have been identified to be shipped off island, never to return to Guam. Gov. Calvo signed the commutations this week to get the deportation process started.
The four men are all non-US citizens convicted of criminal sexual conduct, each of who has already served time here on Guam. Bito Raken, Godwyn Gilfag, Gerhart Moses, and Nick Ichok were all convicted in Superior Court for their sex crimes, three for criminal sexual conduct against minors. Gerhart Moses’ return home was actually requested by the 11th Legislature of Chuuk State back in 2012. The inmate has already served 16 years of a life sentence on Guam.
A press release from the Governor’s Office states that under Gov. Calvo’s deportation program, all four men will be transferred to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for deportation proceedings and that the federal government will now assume the cost of their detention. The governor’s office said it has cost Guam taxpayers $119 a day or $43,000 per year to house each inmate at the Dept. of Corrections.
“These men will be returned to their homes and won’t be allowed to return or hurt others on this island,” Calvo said. “ I hope that they are able to use this as an opportunity to build new lives for themselves.”
Here is the full news release provided by the Office of the Governor:
NEWS: Four more criminals to be deported
Sept. 26, 2018
Hagåtña — Governor Calvo this week signed commutations for four men, starting the deportation process.
Godwin Gilfag, Gerhart Moses, Beto Raken and Nick Ichok were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as having convicted deportable crimes. The Governor signed their commutation documents after their victims gave their approval of the intent to have the convicted men deported.
“These men will be returned to their homes and won’t be allowed to return or hurt others on this island,” Governor Calvo stated. “I hope that they are able to use this as an opportunity to build a new life for themselves.”
• Raken, also known as Bito Raken, was convicted by Superior Court of Guam of a first-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony against two minors. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with credit for time served. He has served six years and one month.
• Gilfag, also known as Godwyn Gilfag and Godwil Gilfag, was convicted by the Superior Court of Guam of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony against a minor. He was sentenced to nine years in prison with credit for time served. He has served four years and six months in prison.
• Gerhart Moses was convicted by the Superior Court of Guam for first-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony, and second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony against a minor. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and has served about 16 years. Moses’ return to home was requested by the 11thLegislature of the State of Chuuk in 2012.
• Nick Ichok, also known as Sioram Chen and Rone Aoam, was convicted by the Superior Court of Guam for second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony against a woman. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and has served four years and six months.
As part of the Governor’s program to promote safety by ensuring the non-U.S. citizens who fail to follow the laws of Guam and the nation, these men will be transferred to the custody of ICE officials for their deportation proceedings. During this part of the process, the federal government will take over the cost of their detention. It costs Guam taxpayers about $119 a day or more than $43,000 a year to house each individual at the Department of Corrections.