Stakeholders Briefed On Sex Crimes, Cyberbullying & Bullying Measures

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Guam- In preparation for Monday’s public hearing on a number of bills that deal with sex crimes, cyberbullying, and bullying, Vice Speaker BJ Cruz’s office gathered key stakeholders together at the legislature Thursday.

The briefing of  3 major measures introduced by the Vice Speaker is to ensure the statute of limitations for civil and criminal penalties are known.

Among the bills discussed was Bill 41, which updates the Guam statutes on bullying, cyberbulling and sexting.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Phil Tydingco and Deputy Attorney General Carol Hinkle Sanchez say the measure is comprehensive enough to tackle these issues, while creating a diversionary program to educate underage offenders.

“I don’t think that we have to add anymore” said Tydingco. “I think the legislature findings and intent is very comprehensive. And it’s necessary that we update our statutes to meet what’s going on and the realities of the 21st century.”

“When you’re 16 years old and you commit those crimes, you’re automatically charged as an adult” said Hinkle Sanchez. “So the sexting…the intent of it is generally…it’s a status offense. It only applies to minors who commit the crimes so we can avoid putting them into the adult system.”

The other two measures discussed were Bill 34 and 33. The public hearing for all 3 bills will be on Monday, February 7 at 9 am.