GHURA investigating sex offender living in public housing
by Nick Delgado
Guam - An investigation is underway at the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority after the agency learned the man accused of sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl earlier this week was staying in public housing. This clear violation against the agency's zero-tolerance policy could end up leaving one family homeless.
The alleged kidnapping and rape of a 6-year-old girl happened Tuesday morning along Pangelinan Street in a GHURA subdivision. Executive director of the agency Ray Topasna says he only learned of the incident following multiple media reports on the arrest of 27-year-old Brian Jay Tenorio. Topasna said, "In this particular case the details are still a little sketchy but it's my understanding that the individual was not authorized to be in GHURA housing, nor is the person part of the family composition based on the application or the records. So he may have just been visiting."
But the victim's family told police the neighborhood was familiar with Tenorio's criminal past, and that he lived in a Yona residence. That's how the child's mother knew to knock on Tenorio's door. Tenorio is accused of grabbing the minor and taking her to his home then allegedly raping her.
"Of course, anyone on the Sex Offender Registry is prohibited from staying in our public housing units or even being on the premises," Topasna clarified. "The matter is still being investigated by GHURA - I have not heard nor have we received confirmation from the proper authorities (i.e., The AG's Office or the police department)."
Tenorio remains behind bars on $500,000 cash bail facing charges of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping. According to court documents, Tenorio pulled the victim "to his house" which "was next door". He is listed on the Guam Sex Offender Registry as a Level III Sex Offender convicted of raping a 7-year-old girl in 2005. GHURA staffers were at the Yona home this morning conducting interviews and getting to the bottom of Tenorio's presence at the public housing.
Topasna also confirmed with KUAM News that GHURA issued an immediate notice of termination to the family, meaning they must move out immediately.