More Sex Trafficking Arrests in the CNMI.)
The CNMI official was caught the same way Benavente was – through the Crimestoppers hotline. A tipster sent the video file of Roberto having sex with the child to the hotline.
Roberto allegedly paid for sex with the children on dozens of occasions paying the minors between $40 and $150 for each sexual encounter, according to the complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern Marianas on August 30, 2013. He was charged with coercion and enticement of three minors, which has a minimum sentence of 10 years.
One of the minors told the F.B.I. that Roberto was married to her aunt. (How sad for this family.) She stated that Roberto had sex with her (identified as X in the complaint) and with Y and Z, the two other minor girls.
Why does the CNMI government constantly scrap the bottom of the barrel in appointing officials? Roberto has previous 2009 arrest record for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. The charges were later dismissed. He was also involved in 1997 in two cases. The Marianas Variety reported:
"In 1997, court records show, Roberto was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison, had to pay a $4,000 fine and a $100 special assessment fee, and was placed on 36 months’ supervised release. He was convicted of possession with intent to deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, court records show."The 1997 files in cases filed in the U.S. District Court are not accessible to the public:
Will more CMNI officials be arrested? Could more charges be filed against Basa? Will the CNMI Government also file charges against Roberto, Benavente and Basa? The Roberto complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice quoted CNMI law:
"Under local CNMI law, an individual commits the crime of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Second Degree, in violation of 6 C.M.C. § 1307(a)(l), when the individual engages in sexual penetration with a person who is 13, 14, or 15 years of age and is at least three (3) years younger than the individual."Was this an invitation for the CNMI Office of the Attorney General to step up and take action against the three adults who sexually exploited and abused these children? Read the complaint: