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Crown Bakery kidnapping suspect pleads guilty

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - The victim in the Crown Bakery kidnapping two years ago may finally see closure as her perpetrator appeared in court today to change his plea. And the deal was made with the victim's consent.

What was supposed to be a quick trip to the bakery turned out to be the most horrific day for Monique Baza. "It is a very long process. It is a very trying process taxing on me taxing on my family" she told KUAM News.

In October 2012 Baza was kidnapped in her own car, beaten and sexually assaulted by Raymond Charles Tedtaotao Camacho.   Baza had been adamantly opposed to any plea offer because of her perpetrator's extensive criminal history, but she changed her mind. "If I can save my family the pain of having to go through a long trial process he's already going to plead guilty it is the minimum sentencing but the good thing is I still get to approach the court and I still get to plead my case to the court on why I feel he should be in there longer," she added.

Baza had a front row seat inside Judge Anita Sukola's courtroom today to watch Camacho plead guilty to kidnapping and 1st degree criminal sexual conduct. Her Honor announced, "You are guilty because on October 15, 2012, you intentionally, Raymond Tedtaotao Camacho, engaged in sexual penetration."

In exchange for his plea, Camacho has agreed to cooperate with the government and testify against co defendants Raymond Tedtaotao and Corona Blas. The two are accused of using Baza's ATM card to get money and purchase items knowing that the card belonged to someone who was kidnapped by Camacho.

In addition to whatever sentence is imposed, Camacho will have to register as a Level I Sex Offender. "And your plea in the case, you shall be classified as a Level I Offender and pursuant to our law, it requires that you convicted of criminal sexual conduct shall submit to STD and HIV testing and as a registered offender you would have to register for the rest of your life," he said.

Camacho faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years to life behind bars. Said Baza, "I'm hoping for a long long, long sentence. I still have to think about protecting my family - there are co-conspirators , so that's the other thing."

Camacho is scheduled to appear back in court for a further proceedings hearing on April 28.

For Baza, she's just grateful to have family support to help her through the healing process. she has become a voice for other victims out there and encourages others not to give up and not to lose faith. "Be very aggressive in your case and be involved don't sweep it under the rug don't rely on the government to do it. You need to be involved in your own case and speak up for yourself."

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