Joey Terlaje, former superior court marshal and deputy director of the island’s prison, has been indicted by a Grand Jury of the Superior Court of Guam for the felonious restraint of Vickilyn Manglona Teregeyo, and for abusing his position of authority in order to conceal the crime.
Mr. Terlaje is the son of public safety chairman Sen. Jose “Pedo” Terlaje. Joey Terlaje was implicated in a massive public and police corruption investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the trial of his pare, disgraced Yona Mayor Jesse Mendiola Blas. Mr. Blas now is serving his sentence in federal prison, following his conviction last year.
Joey Terlaje is believed to be connected to federal corruption investigations involving former and current law enforcement officials on Guam.
The news release from the Office of the Attorney General of Guam follows:
A Superior Court Grand Jury Panel has indicted Joey Alan Acfalle Terlaje of Felonious Restraint as a Third Degree Felony and two charges of Official Misconduct as a Misdemeanor.
This follows several months of active investigation by the Office of the Attorney General, to include the collection and review of evidence and witness interviews.
According to the indictment, Terlaje is accused of exposing the victim to risk of serious bodily injury at a barbeque back in 2017 and for ignoring and abusing his position as a government official in relation to a crime committed.
The defendant will be arraigned on January 05, 2022 at 10am.
A Grand Jury is made up of 16-23 members of the community who hear evidence and decide whether there is reasonable cause to believe that an accused has committed a crime. At least 12 Grand Jury members must agree that reasonable cause exists in order to return a True Bill.