Sex offender fears transfer to mainland prison where COVID-19 has spread

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Fearful for his life a convicted sex offender serving federal time for not registering on the Sex Offender Registry has asked the court for compassion. His request was denied and granted in part.

Jeffrey Paul San Agustin told District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood that he is in fear for his life. His fear is centered around a pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility in the continental US where COVID-19 has spread like wildfire in a number of the prison populations.

As of June 2nd, the BOP reported 1904 federal inmates and 175 BOP staff who have confirmed positive for coronavirus with 71 federal inmate deaths attributed to COVID-19.

This is a grave concern for San Agustin who has been previously diagnosed with tuberculosis, making him at higher risk of complications should he contract the infectious disease.

Currently being held at the Hagatna Detention Facility, San Agustin asked the Chief Judge to grant him immediate release under the Compassionate Release Act.

Alternatively, he’s asking the judge to allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence on home detention or make a judicial recommendation to have him continue to serve his sentence at DOC.

Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood listened to the arguments as San Agustin stated that social distancing at the facility is impossible and that face mask use is only required when they are outside their respective blocks.

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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.