Teacher and former clergy member seeks dismissal of child sex abuse complaint

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Guam – Opposition to former Capuchin friar Vernon Kamiaz’s motion to dismiss the sexual assault case against him has been filed in District Court citing that he was served in a timely manner.

Vernon Kamiaz filed a motion to dismiss the sexual assault charges against him last month, on the grounds that he was not served 90 days from when the complaint against him was filed. In his motion, he asserts to the court that he was served 144 days after the complaint was filed.

Attorney David Lujan who represents the victim C.J.I. contends that an order issued by the court regarding service was made on January 17, 2018, the order required service on all “unserved” defendants within 14 days. Court documents state that Kamiaz received a copy of the Summons and Complaint onf January 29, 2018, which Lujan contends was in compliance with the order and therefore timely.

The charges stem from an allegation that then Capuchin Friar Kamiaz sexually assaulted a 15-year old boy in 1983. According to court documents, the incident occurred after a youth fundraiser event when Kamiaz allegedly drove C.J.I. to his mother’s residence and raped him. C.J.I. is being represented by Attorney David Lujan and is seeking $5 million in damages.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.