by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Police Officer Ken Balajadia is scheduled to go to trial next month, but if the government doesn't provide discovery or documents related to the case - and soon - the defense will file a motion to dismiss. Balajadia pleaded not guilty to three counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of child abuse and family violence.
He allegedly inappropriately touched a female minor on several occasions. The police officer pleaded not guilty to the charges and asserted his right to a speedy trial.
The defense expressed concerns about the government's failure to meet the deadline to provide discovery and indicated plans to file a motion to dismiss if they do not receive it. The court will hold a status conference next week to follow up and trial is scheduled for May 31.