Child molester gets 30-year prison sentence

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An 18-year-old male who was convicted last year for sexually molesting two minor girls was sentenced by Judge James Canto to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Muki Joseph Redhat Callahan was found guilty by a Superior Court jury on Oct. 9, 2013 on four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

In February 2012, police received a complaint from the mother of the two victims. One victim, who was 7 years old at the time, and the other victim, who was just 4 years old at the time, told police they were both repeatedly sexually molested by Callahan for about a year.

A total of 14 witnesses testified during the trial, 10 of whom were flown in from off-island by either the USA Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) or the Office of the Attorney General. "This case exemplifies the collaboration between the local, military and federal authorities, both in law enforcement and victim services," Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas said earlier in a statement.

The Office of Special Investigations (OSI) conducted nearly all of the investigations related to this case; the USACIL took DNA samples and tested them, provided the OAG with expert witnesses to take the stand and present trace and DNA evidence; the Guam Police Department effectuated the arrest and its Juvenile Investigation Section collaborated with the USACIL, Healing Hearts offered support to both the OSI and USACIL, and provided crucial testimony during the trial.

Naval Hospital Guam, specifically Dr. Jones, assisted the victims after the initial report was made and offered vital information while on the witness stand.

"Without the help of all these agencies and organizations, and those in my office who assisted me in every aspect of this case, we would not have a verdict that is in favor of the people. My appreciation for everyone involved in the preparation and execution of this trial," said Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Vasiliades.

(Written by Gina Tabonares-Reilly, Marianas Variety News)