A light sentence would send the wrong message. That's what Assistant Attorney General Richelle Canto argued moments before Austin John Perez Santos learned his fate in Superior Court of Guam.

The 20-year-old Santos, who pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct as a second-degree felony, was sentenced to serve six and a half years in prison before Judge Elyze Iriarte.

"This was not a one-time incident," said Canto. "An 18- or 19-year-old should have been aware that a 13-year-old is not able to give any valid consent to the sexual act."

It was said in court that the defense had asked for leniency.

Santos will have to register as a Level 3 sex offender.

According to his plea agreement, the charges of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony will be dismissed.

According to Guam Daily Post files, a witness told police that Santos had sex with the girl on at least three different occasions in 2020.

The girl allegedly told authorities that the "sex was consensual" and that they both liked each other.

Santos told officers that he and the teen started dating earlier that year and that they had sex multiple times using a condom, Post files state.

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