Jury finds former Guam police officer Paul John Santos guilty on major charges, including rape and abetting prostitution after a woman contacted FBI in 2014
A Superior Court of Guam jury Thursday afternoon found a former Guam police officer guilty of rape, official misconduct, bribery and abetting prostitution.
Paul John Santos, 49, was charged after a woman told the FBI a man in a Guam Police Department uniform raped her at her hotel room in September 2014.
The trial began Dec. 16. After closing arguments Tuesday morning, the jury went into deliberations Tuesday afternoon and reached its decision at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.
Santos was found guilty of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of official misconduct, one count of bribery and one count of abetting prostitution.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for the most serious offense of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The woman who accused Santos of rape in 2014 had posted a Craigslist ad, offering sexual services out of her Tamuning hotel room. Santos, using the name “Frank Smith,” contacted her and booked an appointment in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2014, court documents state.
The man who appeared at the hotel room was in a GPD uniform, and the woman said that he forced her to perform sexual acts. Surveillance footage placed Santos at the Tamuning hotel the time of the incident, and a condom found in the trash can in the room tested positive for his DNA, according to testimony.
When the FBI interviewed Santos about the woman’s accusations, he first denied any involvement, then later claimed he was working on a prostitution sting, court documents state. He changed his story again and admitted to having sex with the woman and told authorities he did not pay her, documents state.
Santos did not take the stand during trial.
Santos’s attorney, F. Randall Cunliffe, told jurors that the woman accusing Santos used her sexual wiles and her sexuality to avoid being arrested for prostitution. Cunliffe said she was the aggressor.
While Santos was found guilty of multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct, the jury acquitted him of a handful of other criminal sexual conduct charges.
Cunliffe asked Judge Vernon Perez to release Santos on bail until he is sentenced, which prosecuting attorney Matthew Heibel opposed.
Perez ordered Santos to remain on house arrest. Unless he is meeting his lawyer, checking into probation or has a medical emergency he must remain at his home, Perez said. He also must stay away from witnesses in the case.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 13, 2017.
As the verdict for each charge was read aloud, Santos showed little emotion. Soon after the hearing ended, he exited the courtroom with his third-party custodians following closely behind him.
He was released in October 2014 on $25,000 personal recognizance bond, court records show.
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