Former officer acquitted of sex assault

NOT GUILTY: Ded Detor listens as Judge Alberto Lamorena reads a verdict of not guilty Monday in Hagåtña. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

A former Chuuk police officer was acquitted of the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against him in the Superior Court of Guam.

Ded Detor was found not guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony and second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony.

It took the jury about four hours to deliberate after jury instructions were given by Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena on Monday morning.

Detor declined to comment following the verdict.

"We won and I believe sometimes these allegations are false, and I am just so relieved my client can go home to his family and his name is cleared," defense attorney Ali Nusbaum said. "I am also very grateful for my co-counsel, Karlo Dizon. So we are feeling good."

A 7-year-old girl said in March 2018 she was in a bedroom during a family party when Detor put her on his lap and digitally penetrated her genital area.

The child described the incident during the first day of the weeklong trial.

"I was scared," she said.

Detor, however, repeatedly denied the allegations when he took the witness stand.

"It's not the truth," he said.

Closing arguments

During closing arguments Friday, the prosecution asked the jury to find the defendant guilty, but the defense attorney picked apart the testimony provided by the government's witnesses.

"There's no physical evidence from this alleged incident, we don't have any evidence from (the victim) ... and we also don't have any evidence from the scene," Nusbaum said.

Carlina Charfauros, the spokeswoman for the Office of the Attorney General, said the case cannot be brought to trial again.

"It would be double jeopardy," she said. "If it was a hung jury, which means no decision was made, we could try it again. This case was an acquittal, which means the jury came to a decision and found him not guilty of the charges."

Lamorena closed the hearing by announcing the acquittal and expungement of the case.