CNMI Sexual Exploitation of Children: Another Case

September 4, 2013

Another CNMI official has been arrested for paying to have sex with underage minors.  Raymond Borja Roberto, the Director of the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife also was paid $1,000 by a Chinese woman who video-taped him having sex with an underage minor. Two of the three minors that Roberto engaged in sex with were the same minors who were allegedly sold to CNMI firefighter Richard Benavente by Chamorro Mamasan Annette Basa. (Read about their case at 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:

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The CNMI government is not only full of incompetent public servants but the system of the government is so dysfunctional.

Anonymous said...

I didn't quite understand this $1000. It sounds like a Chinese woman paid Roberto $1000 to make a porn movie. Something doesn't seem right. I'm curious about who was behind this underage porn movie. I think there is more to this story than we know.

Anonymous said...

The girl or girls were 15 years old just shy of 16 which is completely legal under CNMI Law. If this were really a big deal on Saipan ninety percent of eighteen or nineteen year old high school kids would be in jail.

Anonymous said...

There's a huge difference between an 18 and 19 year old teenager having sex with his 15 or 16 year old girl friend and and a so-called man over 40 buying underage girls for sex and allowing tapes for porn. This case and the other case with Benavente are cases of outright child abuse and exploitation. If your point is that the NMI is a sick society that looks the other way when local men rape and abuse young girls, you're right. Look at the juries who let perverted child abusers and rapists walk. I'd never live in the NMI if I had a daughter. It's a sick, sick place.

Anonymous said...

here we go again, it's cristal clear that the people of cnmi themselves do not care about their own people so what more of aliens and worse is that they seems like depending the dependents like as if they don't know what is minor age and while these are going on, public servants who are suppose to serve the people specially the Lawyers remains silent like mute, don't hear like deft,don't see like blind.I think PARENTS should do something about this or at least say something like a whistle blower, For the sake of all the PEOPLE of CNMI wake up wake up wake up

Anonymous said...

Above Anon

That was my point and your description is correct. Saipan has more pedophiles per square mile than anywhere else. Again look at the drug connection - the 'ice' is there.

Anonymous said...

we need help foe the federal govt.to send more FBIand DEA ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES FROM WASHINGTON DC.

Anonymous said...

No we do not need more FBI and DEA agents. Too many of them just windsurf, drink and play golf. The CNMI needs US Customs to take over the CNMI Customs and actually check luggage coming in from Russia and China. Federal agents make 60k per year far more than their CNMI "counterparts". Hard(er) to bribe them.

Also check each and every Korean and Chinese store(front). Go in the back and check for illegal meth labs, garment stalls, sex slaves. Make sure Interpol is cross checking each and every Russian gangster flying to Saipan and staying for three months at the PIC.

Anonymous said...

Sick people like "Roberto" should be off the street, community and in his way to be a jail bird. How did he get into this mess, should be investigated to stop this. USDEA & FBI need to be involved if CNML local enforcement agents failed to get this job done. This is a very sad story for CNMI history. CNMI government is also blamed for not to have a mandatory drug test for new hires. Favoritism and nepotism are the factors in CNMI government agencies creating this long mess. The mess will go bigger if CNMI OAG, Judiciary committee, CNMI law enforcement agencies, CNMI legislature and CNMI governor do not work together to stop this. I was surprised to notice, “A police officer in Saipan does not respect to another police officer because they were born in two different locations in Saipan. But they are working together and always compare each other to be tougher”. My request to you guys, “Be friends while working together to make CNMI a safe place”.