Jury selection in sexual assault case involving a cop has been cancelled


Guam – Day two of jury selection was supposed to wrap up today in the case against the veteran police officer accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl on multiple occasions, but it’s been cancelled till further notice.

After 18 years on the force, James Norbert Muna is now on the opposite side of the law, standing accused of touching and digitally penetrating a minor girl who was 11-years old at the time.

While this is not the first time he’s been accused of criminal sexual conduct, this is the first time he’ll be tried in a court of law.

According to court documents, the alleged offenses occurred on three separate occasions last year, the first involving touching the minor child in her private area over her clothing.

This was allegedly followed by two more incidents involving digital penetration and masturbation following the victim’s 11th birthday.

Muna has denied these allegations, telling police that the victim’s mother has accused him of sexually assaulting the victim in the past.

While this morning scores of jurors filled the court house for day two of jury selection, late this afternoon we received word from the court that Superior Court Judge Alberto Lamorena has cancelled the jury until further notice.

There is no indication regarding why the jury was cancelled or when the next proceeding would be.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.