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Accused child abuser appears before judge

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - A man picked up over the weekend and accused of abusing his children was indicted by a superior court grand jury, and today Sterling Crisostomo appeared before a judge.

It was last week we brought you the disturbing details of a mother and father who reportedly starved their children, boarded them up inside their house, and forced them to urinate in a cup. As of today, 38-year-old Sterling Crisostomo is indicted by a superior court grand jury for child abuse and failure to provide charges.

As we reported on Monday, Crisostomo was arrested on Sunday after he and his wife Leialoha were accused of child abuse.

According to court documents, David Camacho, Jr. reported the couple in that Leialoha's eldest daughter called off-island family allegedly asking them for food and also informed them that she was not allowed to leave her room. Camacho also heard from friends that sterling boarded up their house and forced the children to urinate in cups because he did not want them to leave the room. Earlier this year the couple were also reported to CPS because they were evicted from their Tumon apartment and forced to sleep in their car for three weeks with their children who were unclean, hungry, and exhausted.

When interviewed by police, Leialoha admitted that she and her husband were drug users and confirmed the information as provided by her 14-year-old daughter. Leialoha was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond and was ordered to stay away from her husband and children.

As for Sterling he's been issued a $10,000 cash bail for his release. Should he post bail the court has ordered he have no contact with his children. Sterling was appointed the alternate public defender. His next court appearance will be his arraignment slated for September 17. 
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