Defense: Kids made up stories of sexual abuse

DEFENDANT: Jeffrey Guerrero Cruz arrives for his trial in the Superior Court of Guam Thursday in Hagåtña. He stands accused of molesting three girls and a boy. Post file photo

The fate of defendant Jeffrey Guerrero Cruz now lies in the hands of a Superior Court of Guam jury who will begin deliberations on Tuesday.

Cruz is charged with seven counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He stands accused of inappropriately touching three girls and one boy known to him over the past several years.

On Friday, Cruz took the stand and denied the allegations.

The defense contends the case was a result of restraining orders the family filed against the children’s father.

"You treat all your nephew and nieces like normal nephew and nieces?" said defense attorney Rocky Kingree.

“I treat them all the same," said Cruz.

"Is it normal for you to be affectionate towards your nephew and nieces?" said Kingree.

“I love them all," Cruz said.

Prosecutor: ‘They were easy access. Easy prey’

The four children each took the witness stand during trial giving emotional testimony, as they recalled each alleged encounter they had with the defendant.

"These kids range from 8 to 13. What was the purpose for that touch?" said Assistant Attorney General Sean Brown during Friday's closing arguments. “We heard the testimony that the defendant has opportunity and access to the victims.”

The boy, 8, testified that he was only 4 years old when Cruz allegedly touched his genital area.

“Why would he touch these kids and nobody else’s kids? He was the one babysitting these kids. They were easy access. Easy prey," said Brown.

However, Kingree said the allegations are "not even possible." The defense attorney claimed the prosecution forced the oldest child to tell jurors about her incident.

Defense: ‘Go with common sense’

“I don’t think those were real tears that came out," said Kingree, as he contends the children made up the stories about the defendant and that the children were all putting on an act in the courtroom.

“The prosecutor is trying to trick you," he said. “They were setting him up. I don’t blame the children. I blame it on 100% bad parenting.”

The defense alleged to jurors that the children’s parents had been involved in illegal drug activity, and that's why the defendant would be forced to watch the children.

“I’m going to ask you to go with common sense. … My client’s life is on the line. It’s a horrible accusation," he said. “This case is completely not guilty.”

Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena is set to give jurors instructions on Tuesday so that they can begin deliberations.

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