Adelup has confirmed the resignation of Department of Corrections Deputy Director Joey Terlaje, disclosing that he tendered his resignation on Wednesday.
Following FBI Agent Rafael Fernandez namedropping Joey Terlaje during his testimony at Mayor Jesse Blas’ arraignment hearing in District Court Tuesday afternoon, Terlaje met with Adelup officials and provided them with his letter of resignation.
In response, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero issued a statement stating: “I accepted Joey Terlaje’s resignation today and I respect his decision to focus on his family at this time. Our law enforcement agencies must be free of anything that may distract from their mission.”
The FBI agent testified that Terlaje was one of the Judiciary of Guam marshals present at a Yona home when the Yona mayor alleged punched in the face a woman he was romantically involved with and then held her captive for three days in the home.
The FBI agent also testified that JOG marshals would engage in sex with individuals set for incarceration in exchange for their freedom.
To date, no charges have been filed in federal or local court naming Terlaje as a defendant.
With DOC Director Sam Brennan off-island at this time and Terlaje’s resignation, Adelup has stepped in detailing Guam Police Department Captain Joe Carbullido to serve as Acting DOC Director until Brennan’s return next week.