Adrian Cruz, governor’s advisor, arrested and may face charges; governor’s office discloses June 10 resignation documents

Adrian Cruz

Adrian Cruz, who for the past five years worked in multiple cabinet positions for Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, was arrested June 10, 2023 for fourth degree criminal sexual conduct and child abuse. He was released the same day, but may be re-arrested and charged later this week.

On June 9, 2023, a high school boy and his mother filed a criminal complaint against Mr. Cruz for allegedly intoxicating the boy, attempting to have oral sex with the minor, and offering the boy drugs for sex.


The arrest was never publicly disclosed, which normally is done by the Guam Department of Corrections, because Mr. Cruz’s arrest has not yet gone that far. He was booked and released, for now.

“Yes, Mr. Adrian Cruz was arrested for fourth degree criminal sexual conduct and child abuse,” Guam Police Department spokeswoman Berlyn Savella said. “A report was initiated by the arresting officer the same day the victim made the complaint, which was on June 9. The next day, the same officer who made the report effectuated the arrest on that day. He sought guidance from the Office of the Attorney General of Guam, and it was assistant attorney general Christine Tenorio, who made the recommendation to release him.”

According to Attorney General Douglas Moylan, Ms. Tenorio has yet to receive the full report of the case, which she needs in order to make a further determination, which is anticipated to happen this Friday. If charged by information or indictment, Mr. Cruz may be arrested again and brought before a judge to plead guilty or not guilty.

“Prosecutor Christine Tenorio was contacted by [the GPD Domestic Assault and Response Team], as it was a CSC matter and standard procedure,” Mr. Moylan said. “Prosecutor Tenorio listened to the facts the officer conveyed and wanted to receive the written report before authorizing an arrest and confine decision. The facts for the report were not completed yet. Prosecutor Tenorio was unaware of the name of the suspect and understood once GPD’s report was completed we would receive it and appropriate action would be taken.”

June 10 resignation dated June 6

Kandit has been asking the governor’s director of communications, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, since June 9 about Mr. Cruz, including his employment status.

“The administration doesn’t have any information on his arrest or release,” Ms. Paco-San Agustin said. “I can confirm that Governor Leon Guerrero and the Governor’s Office have not interfered with any arrest or release procedures.”

Ms. Paco-San Agustin – on June 10 – also said Mr. Cruz resigned June 6 from the government of Guam. At the time he was the executive director of the Hagatna Restoration and Redevelopment Authority, a position he was just appointed to on May 18, 2023. Prior to that, Mr. Cruz was Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s chief policy advisor, among the most influential and trusted positions in the government of Guam.

On June 11, the governor’s director of communications provided to Kandit Mr. Cruz’s resignation letter dated June 6, 2023, but the image was not stamp received with the date upon which the governor’s office received the letter.

The governor’s director of communications has been unable to provide the stamp-received version of the resignation letter until today. According to Ms. Paco-San Agustin, the letter was not received physically by the Central Files Office within the governor’s office, but via email; and it was received June 10, the date of Mr. Cruz’s arrest and release.

Asked whether the governor’s office knew about Mr. Cruz’s arrest on the date he submitted the resignation email, Ms. Paco-San Agustin said, “No.”

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