As many of our readers may recall, I recently filed a posting on the fact that there is a much greater incidence per capita in Guam than in any of the US states. In this regard, Johnathan James Acfalle Perez, 19, A tour boat deckhand who allegedly raped a tourist violently, leaving her with severe injuries in November, is being held on $10,000 cash bail after being arrested recently by police.
According to court records, Perez allegedly raped the woman on the beach near the Santa Fe Bar and Grille. The victim, whose nationality has not been released, tried to push Perez away during the alleged rape, but he was too heavy and strong.
The tourist had met Perez earlier in the day of the attack, during a voyage of the Big Barbecue Cruise Boat. The cruise was arranged by her hotel. Perez worked on the boat; other employees of the boat were able to identify him for police who were investigating the alleged rape.
COMMENT: After the alleged rape, the tourist was examined at Healing Hearts Rape Crisis Center, where she was examined by Dr. Ellen Bez, a medical consultant, who later commented that the victim's injuries were the worst she had seen in her 20 years of experience.
Perez has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony and third-degree criminal sexual conduct as a second-degree felony.
Visitors to Guam are reminded to take precautions while there, which should include not placing oneself in a vulnerable situation with new acquaintances and walking alone at night.