Agat woman says cop has vendetta against her
by Nick Delgado
Guam - Officers with the Guam Police Department are sworn to protect and serve, but one island resident feels that one police officer has crossed the line.
"We are supposed to trust GPD and a lot fear them," said Agat resident Janessa Corpuz, one of four people that was arrested last week by police, accused of being involved in prostitution. Officers pulled-up to the Fish Eye parking lot in Piti last week to find Jennylyn Taimanglo, Ryan "Lea" Gumataotao and Navy Petty Officer Anthony Ferry. The three were arrested for promoting and aiding prostitution, but Corpuz was never there.
She says earlier that evening she had dropped-off Gumataotao. "He asked me if I could give him a ride to get on to the Navy base to pick up a friend, and I said, 'OK, fine - I give Ryan rides, everyone gives Ryan rides'," she recalled. She dropped the group at Taco Bell in Sumay and believed they were going to a karaoke lounge.
That was the last time she saw them.
At 1:30 Friday morning Corpuz awoke to police banging on her window; she was put in a cell at the Southern Precinct. She told KUAM News, "The officer comes in and says, 'We know what you did, we know you knew it was a client, we know you collected money, we know you were at the Navy Federal ATM and collected money from Anthony Ferry.' And I said, 'Officers, if you can view the cameras, I was not there, your officers picked me up at my house!'"
The four were booked and released. Corpuz believes the arrest was the result of one patrol officer, who is assigned to the Southern Precinct, retaliating against her.
"Ryan's not sure who brought my name up, but one of the officers brought my name up to him, saying, 'Do you know Janessa?'...Ryan said the officer asked, 'Does Janessa prostitute herself, too? Just tell me, tell me she's on Craigslist', and Ryan said, 'No, she does not do that, and she didn't know what was going on tonight, I just asked her for a ride and that's it.'"
Corpuz says she first met the officer last year in Agat. "He's been patrolling around and he'll stop, we exchanged numbers and he would text me 'When can we meet?' and even pull me over and say, 'You are driving too slow. Hey, I never tried it in a cop car, let's try. You're small and you'll fit, it'll be fast, don't worry about it, your mom's watching your kids.'" When asked what specifically she meant by "try it", Corpuz replied, "Meaning that it would be easy to ride him in the back seat of the cop car with the door open".
She confirmed that the advances were sexual, adding, "He's always been trying."
Corpuz says she rejected the officer's numerous advances and believes that's why she was arrested. She is now fearful that the abuse of power isn't over. "I just wish the officers would have conducted their investigation professionally instead of using a personal vendetta against me, because it's really unfair," she said. "It ruined me as a person, as a mother and I just feel like people won't look at me the same and I had nothing to do with it."
Corpuz is now looking for legal representation as she pursues a case against the Guam Police Department. Agency spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia meanwhile says the Internal Affairs complaint against the officer was forwarded to his command for review to determine if there is any need for adverse action.
In the meantime, the Navy states the incident involving Petty Officer Ferry is still under investigation by GPD, and the Navy is cooperating fully with local authorities throughout the process. Ferry is assigned to the USS Chicago.