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Three more arrests made for sexual assault of minors

Betewen Henry Betewen Henry
Oratuch Henry Oratuch Henry
Helpme Roby Helpme Roby

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Three more arrests were made by the Guam Police Department's Criminal Justice Strike Force in connection with this past weekend's sexual assault case in the Santa Ana area of Dededo.

GPD believes it has rounded up the last of the individuals who they suspect were involved in the sexual assault of two female minors over the weekend. The Criminal Justice Strike Force conducted a follow-up and was looking for 19-year-old Helpme Roby.  According to GPD spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia, officers found Roby at a residence in the Santa Ana area and an interview revealed that there were two other suspects.  Police arrested Roby along with 19-year-old Oratuch Henry and 26-year-old Betewen Henry on charges of criminal sexual conduct, conspiracy to commit child abuse, criminal facilitation, destroying evidence, jurisdiction over an adult, hindering apprehension, child abuse and unsworn falsification.

Oratuch Henry was also charged with child pornography. Police have not said whether he took photos of the sexual acts.

Roby, who was named the other day in a magistrate's complaint with 20-year-old Gibson Billias and 17-year-old Hen Henry, appeared in court today. Magistrate Judge Alberto Tolentino announced, "The court reviewed the declaration that was attached to the complaint and agrees that there was probable cause to charge you with these crimes."

As we reported the five are accused of drinking alcohol with two female minors, ages 11 and 15, and then allegedly taking turns and sexually assaulting the girls in a jungle area near Santa Ana in Dededo.  The court appointed Attorney Terry Timblin to represent Roby, who has a prior juvenile record that is not public information. Assistant Attorney General Nicole Driscoll said, "The people are recommending $100,000 cash bail the nature and seriousness of the charges in this case are very grave indeed the kind that really shock the community, for that reason we believe he poses a potential danger. The defendant also fled the scene allegedly and thus represents a flight risk."

Betewen Henry and Oratuch Henry are expected to appear before a judge on Thursday as the Attorney General's Office was still reviewing police reports today.

While the criminal aspect of the case is pretty much wrapped up, police are now investigating whether patrol officers acted appropriately and responded to a 911 call that was made around 4:30 Saturday morning from a neighbor who reported teens drinking and throwing rocks on the roof of a vacant home.  The resident said that the teens ran away and officers didn't show up until a few hours later.  Officer Balajadia has said that probe includes reviewing how many officers were on duty at the time, what types of calls police were responding to at that time, and whether any officers responded to the call. 

Police also report that they found two of the defendants still wearing the same clothing they wore the morning of the incident.  The items were confiscated.

It is important to note that while the case has been considered a gang rape, police have no information at this point that leads them to believe that the suspects are part of an actual gang.  The term is used by police as there were multiple suspects allegedly involved in the rape of the victims.

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