Police arrest GDOE para-educator over child abuse allegations

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Guam – A Guam Department of Education para-educator has been arrested by authorities for child abuse and official misconduct.

Guam Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said 66-year old John Holi III was seen by a fellow employee abusing a student at a Yigo elementary school.

The abuse was reported to school officials on April 29 and then reported to GPD.

According to the court complaint, Holi, who works as a school aide, pulled the minor victim’s hair to get the child into line at lunch.

While the child was already standing in line, Holi grabbed the child’s right shoulder causing him to cry exuberantly.

Police said he continued to pull the child’s hair at least three times while the child stood in line.

A witness told police that Holi told the victim, “Do you wait for me to hit you before you listen?” The witness also reported that Holi had a small wooden block in his hand while allegedly verbally threatening the child.

The victim and the victim’s sister both corroborated the statements the witness made to police. On Tuesday, Holi was arrested for child abuse, assault, and official misconduct. However he was only charged with child abuse as a misdemeanor.

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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.