Man found guilty of raping child could appeal conviction

CRUZ: David James Cruz sits in a courtroom in the Judiciary of Guam on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, during his rape trial. Cruz, 40, has been found guilty of raping a child multiple times starting when she was 12. Nick Delgado/The Guam Daily Post

A government witness recalled the day his sister finally opened up about the years she had allegedly been raped by a man known to her.

Trial continued on Tuesday for defendant David James Cruz, 40, also known as DJ, before Superior Court of Guam Judge Vernon Perez.

"We looked up to him as a father figure for the longest time," said the witness for the prosecution.  

The witness testified that his sister, now 20, was crying in the moments leading up to her telling her family about the allegations.

"She just told me I would never understand ... then she told me he has been doing stuff for the past year," he said. "I froze. I had to call someone else to hear what she told me. I didn't want to believe it."

The witness said he asked her multiple times about the alleged incidents before she agreed to report it to police.

She said she was repeatedly raped by Cruz since she was 12, and that the latest incident happened in 2019.

Cruz faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct as a second-degree felony.

Assistant Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas told the court he expects to complete his witness list this week.

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