Survivors want clarification from the OAG

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Michael Elert appealed the denial of a Petition for Alternative Writ of Mandate filed in the Superior Court. (PNC photo)

Guam – It has been two years since the courts convicted former University of Guam Professor Michael Ehlert for sexually assaulting several UOG students during a party at his Talafofo residence. Now the survivors are speaking out. 

In a letter addressed to the Office of the Attorney General, the three survivors expressed their frustrations and disappointment over not being heard by the office.

The names of the survivors are withheld to maintain their anonymity.

“Despite Ehlert’s guilty verdict in 2017, the reality is nothing has been done to date,” the survivors wrote in the letter.

According to the unnamed survivors, Ehlert’s ability to travel while enjoying his freedom is the Judiciary of Guam’s failure to its mission. That mission is to ‘administer justice by interpreting and upholding the laws; resolve disputes in a timely manner, and; provide accessible, efficient, and effective court services.

Ehlert has been allowed to travel and work at a University in Hong Kong, allegedly without the courts informing the survivors.

They also said the OAG Victim Advocates Division also failed to uphold its purpose, which is to ‘ help crime victims and their families by providing information on victims’ rights and protections and the criminal justice process. They said the division failed to provide referrals for counseling, emergency assistance, and safety planning.

They mentioned the OAG Victim Advocates division’ lack of notification about Ehlert’s trips, among others. With the case under appeal, the survivors said they also wanted to be informed and guided on Ehlert’s tentative court dates.

They described their situation as a “never-ending cycle of being beaten around the bush and being re-victimized in so many levels …” The survivors wrote, “If the clarifications that we’ve been seeking were addressed by your Division, we would not be seeking Mr. Leevin’s time to help us. ”

The survivors asked if a meeting with the OAG would finally clarify their concerns.

This is not the first time a survivor has voiced concerns over the assistance received from the OAG. In July, another rape survivor shared her story of how the system made her feel like the criminal.

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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.