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Mangilao mayor tells his side of massage incident

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Arrested on Wednesday and accused of exposing himself to a female community service worker, Mangilao mayor Nito Blas is giving his side of the story.

"I apologize," he began. "I feel bad for doing that." The longtime municipal leader admits that he asked a female community service worker for a massage last Friday - but that was it. "That's my mistake," continued Mayor Blas. "I was hurting and I'm trying to get somebody that actually knows and she mentioned she knows how to do it massage, so that's what I did. But the intention is strictly for the massage."

The 78-year-old Blas was arrested Monday for official misconduct, harassment and indecent exposure, according to Guam Police Department spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia. He's accused of exposing himself to the worker last Friday at his office. "But I mentioned I have to take off my pants because the lump is inside, so I took it off and then she started massaging. On the left-hand side, I was holding the crotch, so you will not go over all that time. So she did massage and everything."

Blas says while his pants were off, he still wore his underwear. He needed a massage to help with a leg injury he sustained a few years ago while directing traffic at Price Elementary School in his village and preventing a car from hitting a little girl. Blas says the massage lasted 15 minutes in his office with the door open. He did offer the worker $10 to conduct the massage, but only had $4 on him at the time.

He speculated, "Maybe when she went back to the house and told her husband, because it's her husband that called me and the husband said, 'What are trying to do with my wife?' I said, 'Nothing, except massage.'"

A day after being released, Blas says he's learned his lesson and won't let it happen again. "But the intention is not a bad thing. My intention is to not have sex or anything, just massage. As a matter of fact, anyone who wants to give me a good massage, I welcome," he said.

So what's next? Blas says he will appear in court in April of next year and he's currently shopping for an attorney to help with the case. "If the lady or the husband wants to forgive and make-up, then it will be okay and I'm open to do that, because I want to continue to do my job for the people of Mangilao. I'm committed to serve until I die," he shared.

Blas wants the Mangilao community to know that this arrest or his injury will not jeopardize his operations as being the mayor - a job he's had for over 20 years.

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