“No contest,” said 35-year-old Bruce James Acfalle Eay when asked how he wanted to plead on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony.
Eay entered what is referred to as an Alford plea in which the defendant accepts the ramifications of a guilty verdict without admitting to guilt.
According to court documents, Eay fondled and sexually assaulted an 8-year-old boy on at least three occasions in September. The victim said Eay told him not to tell anyone.
“For purposes of punishment, no contest plea will be treated as if you were found guilty,” Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo said during a change-of-plea hearing on Thursday. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
Eay, represented by defense attorney William Bischoff, also was sentenced to three years of parole and ordered to register as a Level I sex offender.
Assistant Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
“No comment,” said Eay as he left the court following the sentence when asked by The Guam Daily Post if he had anything to say to the victim and the victim’s family.
Eay will start his prison term on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.