Officer under investigation resigns from police force

A police officer who was facing internal affairs investigations into family violence allegations has resigned after being served a punishment by the police chief.

Officer Paul Jason Lujan Saturnio, 30, resigned yesterday, effective immediately, according to a press release from police.

Saturnio has been the subject of two internal investigations into allegations of family violence — one completed, one pending — according to the GPD press release.

The completed investigation led Police Chief Fred Bordallo to serve Saturnio with an adverse action, and the officer was given 10 days to respond, according to the press release.

Saturnio’s resignation was his response, according to police spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia.

Balajadia has previously declined to explain what the adverse action was, insisting it was confidential personnel information. “Chief (Fred) Bordallo believes that officers of the Guam Police Department have every opportunity to seek help in relation to domestic problems,” Balajadia wrote in the press release. “All officers are accountable and held to high standards of department rules and regulations.”

Details of Saturnio’s completed investigation aren’t available, but, according to Pacific Daily News files, his pending investigation stems from allegations, stated in court documents, that he struck and choked a woman.

Saturnio was charged in the Superior Court of Guam with misdemeanor assault and family violence, but released without any cash bail.

According to court documents, Saturnio got into an argument with the woman, and then allegedly grabbed her by the hair, threw her on a bed and struck and choked her.

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