Guam Governor Says Deportation Of Non-Citizen Criminals To Save $1.6 Million

Sex offender from Palau is 21st person deported or turned over to federal immigration custody

By Neil Pang

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (The Guam Daily Post, Jan. 12, 2017) – Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has now removed, or shifted to federal immigration custody, a total of 21 non-U.S. citizen criminals from Guam’s prison, according to a statement released to the media.

Administration spokeswoman Oyaol Ngirairikl said Rodolfo Moon Sangalang, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony in 2011, would be transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration Services for deportation.

“A citizen of the Republic of Palau, Sangalang was scheduled to be released in 2021,” Ngirairikl wrote. Sangalang was identified by U.S. immigration officials as having committed a deportable crime.

Sangalang, now 42, was originally put behind bars in December 2011 and charged with criminal sexual conduct for the abuse of a boy, who was between the ages of 6 and 9 when the crime occurred.

The first five convicts were sent back to their home countries through voluntary removals, Ngirairikl said.

The governor commuted the sentences for the other 16 convicts before they were transferred into the custody of federal authorities for deportation, she said.

Ngirairikl said the initiative saves the local government some of the costs to house and feed convicts.

“It costs an average of $119 a day, or about $43,435 a year, to house each inmate and detainee at the Department of Corrections,” she said. “The federal government takes on these costs when custody is transferred. With the 21 commutations, that allowed for the voluntary removal or the deportation of criminals, the total savings for the government is approximately $1.6 million.”

Superior Court of Guam documents stated that Sangalang lived with the victim and the victim’s mother from Jan. 1, 2005, to on or about Dec. 31, 2008.

The police report contained in the magistrate’s complaint detailed how the victim recounted a number of incidents of being sexual abused by Sangalang at the different homes in which they resided throughout the years.

In the last incident, court documents indicate, Sangalang was sexually abusing the boy when the boy’s mother walked in and saw them.

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