Man accused of receiving child pornography may use insanity defense

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Joseph Pangelinan Jr. was supposed to go on trial this month but it may now be delayed.

Guam – The trial of a man charged with possessing 85 CDs that may contain child pornography has been delayed.

In November 2017, Joseph Pangelinan Jr. pleaded not guilty to a single charge of receipt of child pornography. Now it appears that Pangelinan will be taking another approach in his defense as court documents state new information has come to light which will allow for Pangelinan to argue insanity as his defense.

According to court documents, a motion for leave to file intent to assert an insanity defense has been granted by District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood. As a result trial scheduled for later this month has been vacated.

A pre-trial conference is set for January 10.

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.