Monday, July 29, 2013

Saipan: Korean Tourist, 27, Raped by Resort Staff, Judge Mandates $100,000 Cash Bond, Rapist Held

According to The Saipan Tribune, a South Korean tourist, 27, was reportedly raped by an employee of the Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio at approximately 0200 hours local time on Saturday (July 27).

Earlier on Friday night, resort employee Bradley Demapan, 26, struck up a conversation with the two South Korean women and asked them where they would be later that night, at which point the two women said they would be at the Buoy Bar, which is also on the property of the hotel at which they were staying.

Later that night, at approximately 2230 hours, the two hotel employees visited the Buoy Bar, located the two women and joined in their having drinks at the bar.

At approximately 0100 hours on Saturday, one of the South Korean women tourist left the group to use the restroom, but when she returned her companion and the two resort employees were no longer at the bar.

The woman, worried about her friend, sought the assistance of the hotel’s security staff. At roughly 0200 hours, the security guard and the tour agent heard screams and found the victim and Demapan in the bushes nearby.

When the security guard and the tour agent arrived at the scene, the victim was wearing only a bra and was crying, while Demapan was pulling on his pants.

COMMENT: The next day,  Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho ordered cash bail of $100,000 for Demapan and ordered his arrest on charges of sexual assault in the first degree, sexual assault in the second degree, assault and battery and disturbing the peace.

After the initial appearance hearing, Camacho remanded defendant Demapan into the custody of the Department of Corrections. His next court appearance will be on August 6 at 1330 hours.

A useful first step for all hotels on Saipan, not to mention elsewhere, is to have a written hotel policy that prohibits hotel staff from fraternizing with hotel guests, largely in order to head off the type of situations described in this posting. The consequences of such fraternization should include a warning for a first offense followed by termination for a second offense.

It is also suggested that women traveling together should be circumspect in telling men they don't know where they will be at a later time, so as to avoid serious incidents as described above that may haunt them the rest of their days. 

Saipan is twelve miles long and 5.6 miles wide and and is the largest island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) after Guam, both of which are unincorporated territories of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. According to the last census Saipan's population is 48,220.