Another Blue House brothel victim has stepped forward, so it’s “likely” that another indictment will be handed down in the case, said a government prosecutor this morning.
Assistant Attorney General Nelson Werner said during a court hearing that the investigation into the Blue House was continuing and new information had come to his attention as recently as Tuesday.
A new indictment — which would be fourth in the case, and the third in a matter of two months — could add additional charges or new defendants to the case. Werner said this indictment would reflect the new information provided by the newly discovered victim.
Five people are already facing trial in this case. Brothel owner Song Ja Cha and Freda Eseun have faced allegations since 2008, but now three police officer suspects — David Manila, Anthony Quenga and Mario Laxamana — are accused of assisting the brothel.
During the court hearing this morning, defense attorney William Pole continued arguments that prosecutors are choosing to indict some police officers while ignoring allegations against others.
Pole said that discovery documents filed in the case — which are only accessible to attorneys — identify 18 other police officers who allegedly went to the Blue House lounge. None of these officers have been identified publicly.
Werner has said that more police officers could be charged in the case if prosecutors find probable cause, but that this has nothing to do with the allegations against the officers who have already been indicted. Werner said in court this morning that Pole was flinging “scandalous accusations” based on confidential documents.
The police reports in the case amount to about 1,400 pages, Werner said.
“He is saying things about it that frankly aren’t true,” Werner said in court.
Attorneys were prepared for lengthy court arguments in this case on Dec. 24, but that hearing ahs been delayed until the second half of January.
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