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More IA reports detailed by GPD

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Guam Police Department has posted the results of four additional internal affairs cases on its website. The first case reveals that allegations of criminal sexual conduct by Officer Kenneth Balajadia were false. In March 2011 Balajadia was arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching an 11-year-old female known to him, on several occasions.

Court documents stated Balajadia denied touching the minor and said he jokes and admitted to making fun of the minors' private parts. The alleged violation against the officer was not sustained after his case was dismissed in court, and the officer was issued a letter of clearance by the chief of police.

Another case sparked in February 2011 after an officer, trained and qualified for swat firearm certification, discharged his firearm while on duty, and as a result shot his hand. The officer attempted to clear his weapon at Government House and could not remember how his finger lodged in the trigger when it discharged. He was treated for his injuries. Internal Affairs determined the weapon was properly functioning, and that it was possible the officer may have been distracted at that point he unconsciously placed his finger on the trigger. The incident led to remedial weapons training being taken by all officers, and the allegation against the officer is not sustained. However, during the investigations it was discovered other officers on the scene were found in violation of other departmental rules and regulations and were disciplined by the top brass.

Officer David Q. Manila got adverse action after he admitted in federal court that he had sex with an employee at the blue house lounge after purchasing the ladies drinks. The establishment was being charged with operating a brothel in Harmon. The investigation revealed manila made regular checks of the establishment while on duty. However, he was off-duty when escorted to a private room to have sex with an employee. The allegation of abetting prostitution was sustained.

Around this time last year, a use-of-force complaint was filed by a couple who alleged officers used unnecessary force during a felony pullover at a Hagatna intersection. Officers surrounded the couple's vehicle, pointed their guns, and had the driver exit the vehicle and lay on the ground before finding out they had the wrong vehicle. Police were responding to a reported armed robbery, and the couple's vehicle and part of their license plates matched the description of the car involved in the crime. Officers ceased after learning it was not the right vehicle.

The IA report states officers followed procedures on felony pullovers, and the violation of use of force were not sustained.

To read the internal affairs documents visit GPD.GUAM.GOV.

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