Officers Implicated In Guam Brothel Get Separate Jail Cells

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Assistant AG’s request for separation approved by judge

By Brett Kelman

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan .8, 2013) – A Superior Court of Guam judge will order two suspects in the Blue House case to be separated at the Department of Corrections (DOC), where they previously have been held in a single cell.

Police officers Anthony Quenga and David Manila -- who both are facing allegations of kidnapping, felonious restraint and rape -- have been held in a single cell at the Hagåtña Detention Facility since November.

During a court hearing yesterday, Assistant Attorney General Nelson Werner asked for the suspects to be separated.

Werner said co-defendants are "traditionally" kept separate to preserve the integrity of each court case. Judge Anita Sukola immediately approved the request. The judge said she would issue a written order in the near future.

If the judge orders the two police officer suspects separated, then it will be done, said Corrections Officer Jeff Limo, a DOC spokesman, yesterday.

Limo said DOC hasn't separated Quenga and Manila previously because it was never instructed to do so. Normally, if prosecutors want co-defendants kept separate, the Office of the Attorney General makes a written request to DOC. This didn't happen in the Blue House case, Limo said.

Limo also said the suspects are each other's cell mates because they can't be cell mates with anyone else. Because Quenga and Manila are police officers, DOC has to keep them away from the general prison population, Limo said.

If the court orders DOC to separate the two police officer suspects, one of them will need to be moved out of the Hagåtña Detention Facility, Limo said.

"Because you can't just put them in separate cells," Limo said. "Then they can still communicate."

The Blue House lounge was a brothel that masqueraded as a karaoke bar in Tamuning from 2004 to 2008. Federal prosecutors already have proven that at least nine women were forced into prostitution at Blue House, but now several police officers are accused of assisting the brothel.

Manila, Quenga and a third officer, Mario Laxamana, were indicted in November after a series of Pacific Daily News stories prompted a renewed investigation into the brothel. Laxamana is on pre-trial release.

New attorney

A new attorney has joined the Blue House case. Defense attorney John Terlaje yesterday said he will represent Quenga.

Quenga's previous attorney was Leevin Camacho, who had to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest. Former Attorney General Douglas Moylan was appointed to fill Camacho's position, but Moylan also recused himself from the case. Terlaje said during court yesterday that he has no conflict, so he will represent Quenga.

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