Man who raped step daughter sentenced in Superior Court

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Guam – The man who raped his step daughter over the course of several years, and then blamed it on a “Chuukeese love potion” was sentenced in court today.

An apologetic Martin Rengechy told the court “I apologize to the people of Guam and to you your honor.” Although accepting guilt in the matter he did not make any mention of the victim.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola acknowledged his remorse but also acknowledged the severity of the crime stating, “you were her step father, you were a person she trusted.”

Rengechy has been in prison for a little over a year and his request for furlough has been denied by the court.

Today he was sentenced to 8 years with all but 3 years suspended. This means that for the charge of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct he will only spend an additional 2 years behind bars.

With the conviction, Rengechy is subject to deportation.

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.