GUAM ATTORNEY GENERAL PROBED IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE

By Theresa Merto

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 24) - Police are investigating a domestic violence complaint against Attorney General Douglas Moylan and maintain that he is not receiving any preferential treatment.

Guam Police Department Criminal Investigation Section agents interviewed Moylan for several hours Tuesday night through yesterday morning, after he filed a complaint against his wife, Deborah Crisostomo Moylan. She was arrested yesterday, but not before filing a domestic complaint against her husband, police said.

Superior Court Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena ordered Deborah Moylan's release after no charges were filed against her late yesterday afternoon.

Douglas Moylan told the Pacific Daily News that Deborah Moylan allegedly attacked him Friday and Sunday, causing injuries to his face and body. Deborah Moylan was confined at the Department of Corrections in Mangilao after her arrest yesterday morning, Guam Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Santos said.

Deborah Moylan also filed a complaint against her husband Tuesday night, but he has not been arrested because that case remains under investigation, Santos said.

The complaints were reported to police after Deborah Moylan filed for divorce Tuesday afternoon and asked for a temporary restraining order against her husband. She said in court documents that Douglas Moylan has emotionally and physically abused her during their marriage.

Chief Prosecutor Tricia Ada said she informed Gov. Felix Camacho that the attorney general's office would recuse itself from prosecuting the case because there is a conflict.

Camacho has the authority to appoint a special prosecutor and is looking for one at the request of the AG's office, according to governor's spokesman John Dela Rosa.

"The governor will appoint a special prosecutor as soon as we can identify an attorney who does not have a conflict in this matter," Dela Rosa said. The person assigned to the case will determine whether charges should be filed against Deborah Moylan, he said.

Attorney David Mair, who is representing Deborah Moylan, said after yesterday's court hearing that he was pleased with the judge's decision to release her from jail.

"I do not consider myself the enemy or nemesis of the attorney general. I have no interest in running for public office and I am not a competitor of his," said Mair, the legal counsel for the Guam airport, which has an ongoing lawsuit with the AG's office over contracting legal services.

"Mrs. Moylan approached me. I did not approach her," Mair said. "I agreed to represent Mrs. Moylan because I felt she had a valid claim and that she needed help. I was worried that she wouldn't be able to find an attorney because many attorneys might be scared of the attorney general and his powers."

Mair said his client contacted two to three other attorneys, who did not take her case.

Mair said Deborah Moylan was treated unfairly by authorities and questioned why his client was arrested and Douglas Moylan was not. The attorney general was interviewed by agents with the police department's Criminal Investigation Section in Tiyan yesterday morning.

"Mrs. Moylan was extremely reluctant to file her domestic claim against her husband because she feared that she would receive unequal treatment," Mair said. "Unfortunately, it appears that Mrs. Moylan is being treated differently from her husband."

Santos, however, said police are not handling this case differently from other domestic violence cases. She also said Douglas Moylan is not being given any preferential treatment.

All procedures had been followed, Santos said. She said written reports were taken, interviews conducted and the police officers determined that an arrest of Deborah Moylan was warranted.

"(Domestic violence) is one of the most common and complex calls that police officers respond to on a daily basis," Santos added.

Douglas Moylan yesterday said he provided police with additional information involving the domestic violence complaint filed against him. He could not disclose what type of information was given to police.

"This is a very painful thing for me. I am just trying to get the truth to come out," Douglas Moylan said. "I have made a lot of enemies through the years, and I am hurt by the fact that my wife has become one of them."

Despite his personal problems, Douglas Moylan said he will continue to do his job and has no plans to step down from the position.

"I worked very hard for the last seven months in order to bring back integrity to the office. This is a major setback to my plan," Douglas Moylan said. "But I will try to convince the public that what they see is what they get. I am not the attorney general by day and a Mr. Hyde by night."

July 24, 2003

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