The Guam Daily Post

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Teenager found guilty of rape

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AFTER nearly two days of deliberation, a Superior Court of Guam jury found Muki Joseph Redhart Callahan guilty on four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony.

Callahan was 17 years old when he committed the crime in February 2012 against two female victims – a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old.

The mother of the two victims filed the complaint after the two minors told her that Callahan sexually molested them repeatedly for about a year.

During a trial prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Vasiliades, 14 witnesses took the stand, 10 of whom were flown in from off-island by the USA Criminal Investigation Laboratory or the Attorney General's Office, according to AGO spokesperson Carlina Charfauros.

The Office of Special Investigations conducted nearly all of the investigations related to the case. The Criminal Investigation Laboratory took DNA samples, tested them, and provided the AGO with expert witnesses to present trace and DNA evidence.

The Guam Police Department effectuated the arrest and its Juvenile Investigation Section collaborated with the laboratory. Healing Hearts offered support to both the Office of Special Investigations and the Criminal Investigation Laboratory and provided crucial testimony during the trial.

Naval Hospital Guam, specifically a Dr. Jones, assisted the victims after the initial report and offered vital information on the witness stand.

“Without the help of all these agencies and organizations, and those in my office who assisted me in every aspect of this case, we would not have a verdict that is in favor of the people. My appreciation for everyone involved in the preparation and execution of this trial,” Vasiliades said.

Callahan faces 15 years to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for each of the four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and five to 20 years of imprisonment for one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He will be sentenced by Judge James Canto on Dec. 16.

“Credit for the successful prosecution and conviction of this defendant goes to the victims. They were so brave to take the stand ... to relive the horrendous molestation that happened to them at such young and tender ages,” said Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas. “My heart swells with admiration for them. Thank you for standing up against your perpetrator and having a voice. He will be in jail for a long time.”

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