Former police officer Anthony Quenga wipes tears from his eyes after listening to testimony from his sister during his sentencing hearing in court on April 18. Superior Court of Guam Judge Anita Sukola handed down a sentence of 30 years to Quenga in the Blue House brothel case.
Anthony Quenga, the second former Guam police officer convicted in the Blue House case, was sentenced this morning to 30 years in prison for rape, kidnapping and promoting prostitution.
During the hearing, friends and family of Quenga testified on the former officer’s behalf asking Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola to consider the former officer’s history as a police officer and relationship with his family.
Former Guam Police Chief Paul Suba also testified on Quenga’s behalf, calling the man “exemplary on almost all occasions.”
Quenga, when given an opportunity to speak, maintained his innocence, saying the 519 days he’s been in jail have “felt like I’ve been in a bad dream.”
“Your honor,” he told the judge, “I know I was convicted. I still stand my ground that I am innocent.”
Quenga closed his statement, telling the court that “they’ve got the wrong Tony.”
Quenga received the maximum sentence for nearly all of the crimes of which he had been convicted, receiving sentences ranging from one to 30 years.
His longest sentence was for a conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct, for which Quenga received 30 years.
He will be able to serve all his sentences concurrently.
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Judge Anita Sukola has denied bail modification requests for all officers accused of crimes connected to the Blue House brothel.
Citing a concern for the safety of the communities and alleged victims of the brothel, Sukola denied requests that the officers be released on a personal bond or recognizance.
Bail amounts for Officers David Manila, Mario Laxamana and Anthony Quenga are $250,000, $100,000 and $250,000, respectively.
Attorney Peter Perez, who represents Mario Laxamana, noted in court that his client intends to post bail. It is uncertain if the other officers plan to do the same.
Blue House Karaoke Lounge was located in Upper Tumon, Guam.
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Now let’s hope whomever replaces him is beyond reproach, we need a freakin boy scout right now to repair the name of GPD.
Source: Suba has retired!
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