Twice-convicted child rapist sentenced to 24 years

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Guam – A convicted rapist was sentenced today in what may serve as a stern warning for other sex offenders of what could happen when they re-offend and continue to victimize the community.

Robert Lee Patterson appeared unfazed by the 24-year sentence handed down on him this morning. He refused to address the court as his attorney made it clear that Patterson flat out denies the allegations and maintains his innocence despite a conviction by a jury.

This is not the first time he has been convicted of the same crime. He served 6 years in prison for sexually assaulting two minor girls known to him–an act he carried out for years.

After serving his time, he was released in 2016 and welcomed back to the family he violated only to rape a third minor girl known to him less than one year from his release.

The level one registered sex offender was convicted of three counts criminal sexual conduct as a third degree felony. For Cunnilingus, felatio and penetration the government requested that Patterson be sentenced separately asking for the maximum of 10 years for each count.

The government cited Patterson’s admission to the court that he contacted one of the prior victims from his 2010 case, further violating parole and a protective order by living with the family after his release.

According to the government a 30 year sentence would ensure no other family member or minor in the community would be victimized, pointing out that Patterson has an affinity toward minor girls.

To an extent, the court agreed, sentencing him to 8 years each count for a total of 24 years behind bars.

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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.