Quinton Bezon asked to remain free while he seeks an appeal in the Supreme Court.
Guam – A convicted sex offender will remain on release despite pleas from the victim to lock him up.
Quinton Bezon’s release after his sentencing was already extended once pending the amendment to the superseding indictment and now it appears that he will remain a free man pending his appeal.
A Navy sailor, Bezon was convicted in April of sexually assaulting a woman while she slept. Although he was sentenced to four years in prison, he has not set foot inside prison walls.
In court today, Assistant Attorney General Matt Heibel read a statement from the victim pleading with the court to deny Bezon’s motion to remain on release pending an appeal.
“He was found guilty and sentenced for those offenses, yet he continues to live his life going to work, going to the gym, to restaurants and bars as if nothing has happened. I live every day in fear of encountering the man that was convicted for sexually assaulting me. The man that was sentenced to be in jail for doing that and he is not. I ask the court to deny his request to remain free to live his life while he continues to cause fear and anxiety in my life,” the victim wrote.
Despite the strong words from the survivor, Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo granted Bezon’s motion for continued release.
“The court is sympathetic but needs to follow the laws for release conditions pending appeal,” stated Judge Bordallo.
He further added that the court does not believe there is evidence to show that Bezon is a danger to the community as he has complied with the conditions of his release.
However, he says that should the AG’s office want to impose stricter conditions for release, such as house arrest, he would entertain the motion.
While Bezon may not be serving time at this moment, he does face discharge from the Navy as a result of his conviction. The discharge, according to Heibel is “a done deal” and will be finalized on September 6.