Justices uphold conviction against sex offender

CONVICTED: Robert Patterson III is pictured on March 20, 2018, in the Superior Court of Guam when he was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct. Patterson appealed the case. The Supreme Court of Guam upheld his conviction. Post file photo

The Supreme Court of Guam affirmed a second conviction against sex offender Robert Lee Patterson III, who appealed his latest conviction of three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 17-year-old girl.

Patterson challenged the sufficiency of the evidence based on an alleged inconsistency between the length of time the assault lasted and the time between phone calls in Patterson’s cellphone records.

Supreme Court justices determined that Patterson’s phone records were evidence for the jury to consider but “not evidence of actual innocence.”

In the February 2019 trial, there were gaps in between phone calls that corresponded with the amount of time the victim testified the assault lasted, the panel stated. Based on those determinations, they found sufficient evidence to support the conviction.

Patterson was convicted in 2018 of sexually assaulting the 17-year-old girl on Feb. 24, 2017, in a Dededo house.

He was sentenced to serve 24 years in prison in the 2017 case.

His first conviction, in 2010, involved sexual assault on two underage girls. He was on parole at the time he was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl two years ago.