by Sabrina Salas Matanane
Guam - Police Officer Paul Santos is scheduled to appear in the Superior Court of Guam this afternoon for a magistrates hearing. Santos was arrested last night as he was arriving from a flight to the Philippines at the Guam International Airport Authority.
During a press conference this morning Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas said his office anticipates Santos will face charges of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct as a 1st degree felony, 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct as a first degree felony, official misconduct as a misdemeanor and abetting prostitution as a misdemeanor. His arrest was part of a joint investigation with the AG's office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and stemmed from an incident that occurred on September 1st. “The charge of official misconduct is there because at the time of the incident we believe the defendant was in uniform and was on duty, but was off site out of his beat when he committed these acts,” said AG Rapadas. The Attorney General could not provide specific details of the alleged crime until after this afternoon's hearing.
Chief of Police Fred Bordallo was at this morning's press conference. He said Santos was a veteran police officer, who has been with the force for more than 8 years. The Chief said they will fully cooperate with the investigation. “It also sends a message to the men and women of the Guam Police Department, all our sworn officers, that they have a trust to hold the badges as a law enforcement officer. They are held to higher standards and they should have the honesty and comply with the law. They are not above the law,” Chief Bordallo added.
Officer Santos is assigned to the Operations Bureau at the Dededo Precinct Command. He is scheduled to be magistrated at two o'clock this afternoon.