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Lawyer: allegations against cop all false

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Complaints against a police captain could make their way to court, as the attorney for Captain Mark Charfauros says that all allegations made against him are false.

"If there was a crime that was committed, it should have been reported at the time the crime occurred so that an investigation could be immediately launched into it," noted Attorney Curtis Van De Veld.  "Waiting and then filing a complaint later suggest maybe that this is the nature of the frivolousness of this kind of conduct that continues to occur."  The local lawyer is not pleased with the way things have been operating at the Guam Police Department.

He is currently advising Captain Charfauros on how to deal with a series of complaints that have been made against him. Van De Veld feels the complaints are a waste of time, as he has learned that two previous complaints against Charfauros were determined to be without merit.  "Facts contended by the complainant were inconsistent with evidence that's been obtained from other people who were within the proximity of the events alleged to have occurred. I suspect the same will occur in this particular case," he said.

The first harassment complaint was filed by former head of the Criminal Investigation Division, Captain Kim Santos, followed by a complaint for harassment and official misconduct by former CID agent Officer Kevin Guerrero. But there's a second complaint made by Guerrero that Acting Chief of Police Frank Ishizaki says is still being looked into.  "When those are being reviewed, when I get the findings and recommendations then I'll take action if action is necessary at this point its very premature to respond to those kind of questions," Ishizaki stated.

Van De Veld said, "After that point in time, we may consider other legal action to prevent the making of false complaints by the same individual should it continue."

KUAM News also reported this second complaint stemmed from an incident that occurred at a fundraiser held last Friday night at Ralphy's Lounge in East Hagatna.  "It's a matter of the imagination of Officer Guerrero and its nothing more than that - and its completely untruthful," Van De Veld said, adding, "He's made some allegations that Captain Charfauros made some derogatory statements to him and acted towards him in a hostile manner...on an evening in the presence of other officers and statements from other officers have said that there was no such conversation or confrontation."

Officer Guerrero meanwhile says he will let the investigation take its course, and declined to further comment on the issue.

While Van De Veld says no matter the outcome, he still plans to take the issue to court in hopes that what he believes are false complaints against Charfauros will come to a halt.  "The people at the Guam Police Department need to get past their petty differences. It is part of what detracts their ability to perform their duties and these frivolous complaints are only diminishing the respect of the public to the Guam Police Department. It's time for them to grow up and start acting like responsible persons," the lawyer put forth.

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