Man found guilty on all counts of criminal sexual conduct

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A verdict has been reached in the case involving a man accused of repeatedly raping his step-daughter.

David James Cruz has been found guilty on all counts of criminal sexual conduct. After a week of witness testimony and nearly two days of deliberations, the jury reached a unanimous verdict.

Cruz was found guilty of two counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Cruz’s attorney Peter Santos said: “We are disappointed and my client maintains his innocence. We are reviewing the case for possible basis for appeal.”

The charges stem from sexual assaults which began in 2012, when the victim was 12 years old and ended in 2019 when the victim spoke out. Prosecuting Attorney Lenny Rapadas said: “The victim was very brave to come back, face the defendant, and relive the horrific events that took place. It takes a special inner strength to do that.”

In light of the victim being off-island, Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez ordered that Cruz remain on house arrest pending sentencing. Cruz faces 15 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A sentencing date has been set for April 12.

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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.