A convicted sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Yigo residence in October 2018 pleaded guilty to the charges against him in the Superior Court of Guam on Wednesday.

Ralph Philip Chiguina pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct as a third-degree felony before Judge Arthur Barcinas.

Chiguina was sentenced based on the terms of his plea agreement with the government. The details of his sentencing were not disclosed to the public during the hearing.

However, it was said in court that Chiguina would be released and placed on parole on Oct. 25 of this year.

He was ordered to continue to have no contact with, and stay away from, the victim.

Assistant Attorney General Christine Tenorio said the victim agreed to the terms of the plea agreement.

Repeat offender 

Last October, the 24-year-old victim reported that she had been sexually assaulted by Chiguina, who is known to her.

The woman told police she was in her bedroom when Chiguina removed his shorts. Chiguina then pinned down the victim, attempted to kiss her, and then sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. The victim eventually was able to push him off and get away to call police.

Chiguina is listed as a Level 1 sex offender after a 2010 conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony. The victim in that case was a 12-year-old girl.

According to the Guam Sex Offender Registry, a Level 1 sex offender is a person convicted of a sexually violent offense, remains on the registry for life and must reports in every 90 days, in person.

In comparison, a Level 2 offender - also a lifetime sex offender registrant - reports in person every 180 days; and a Level 3 offender remains registered for 15 years and reports once a year. 

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