Man accusing former senatorial candidate of rape takes case to district court

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The man accusing retired GPD spokesman and former senatorial candidate Albert John “AJ” Balajadia of rape has taken his fight to the District Court of Guam, demanding a jury trial and requesting $425,000 in damages.

Florencio Rupley Jr. already has a lawsuit filed against Balajadia in the Superior Court of Guam. That case has a pending motion for dismissal which challenges the validity, interpretation, and constitutionality of Guam law involving a retroactive revival of a child sexual abuse statute of limitations.

Last Friday, Rupley filed a civil lawsuit in federal court, arguing that Balajadia “was in a position of authority with a special duty to a child not to sexually assault that child.”

Rupley says that the sexual assault occurred in 1985, when he was 11 years old, and Balajadia was a newly hired police officer with GPD.

The complaint states that Rupley was embarrassed and ashamed and didn’t know how to handle the rape so he kept it to himself for 34 years. It wasn’t until 2016, when Rupley learned Balajadia was seeking a senatorial seat, that he spoke up and notified the Republican Party of Guam about his claims.

Rupley says he suffers from emotional and psychological trauma which affects his quality of life and still suffers great pain of mind and body.

He is asking for at least $75,000 in actual and consequential damages and $350,000 for pain and suffering.

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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.