By Troy Torres
(Tumon, Guam) Larry Rupley has filed a criminal complaint against retired police officer Albert J. "AJ" Balajadia. He has reported to chief of police Stephen Ignacio and Attorney General Leevin Camacho that when he was 11 years old, Balajadia raped him.
"Some time in 1985, I was home with my older brother, Ray Rupley, at our parents’ home in Barrigada. AJ and my brother were dating at the time. AJ also was newly-hired in the GPD, and he was wearing his uniform.
"I went into my brother’s room, where AJ was and he told me my brother was outside cut- ting the banana trees. We began to wrestle and horse around, when AJ became aggressive and threw me on the bed, my stomach against the bed.
"I began to yell for him to stop, so he grabbed a sock and stuffed it in my mouth from be- hind, while he placed his weight on me. He yanked my shorts off and I tried to scream, but he was pressing my whole body, including my face into the bed, the sock in my mouth.
"He began penetrating me; I was crying and screaming and then I couldn’t breathe. I believe he noticed I wasn’t breathing and stopped raping me at that point. When he came off me, I got up quickly and ran out the room." - Excerpt from Larry Rupley's letter to the attorney general and the chief of police
Mr. Rupley acknowledged in his criminal complaint that the statute of limitations for rape in his case has long since expired, but that Balajadia's criminal liability for official misconduct does not expire until October 2022, three years after Balajadia's retirement from the government of Guam.
"Understanding that the statute of limitations on rape had run its course long ago, I am filing this criminal complaint against AJ for official misconduct. The time on the statute of limitations did not start running its course until Oc- tober 2019, when AJ retired from the GPD, and will not expire until October 2022." - Excerpt from Larry Rupley's letter to the attorney general and the chief of police
Official misconduct is criminal wrongdoing by a government of Guam employee during the time the criminal was an employee. The misconduct involves the employee using his position to personally benefit from or hurt another person.
Mr. Rupley wrote in his complaint that as he ran away from Balajadia, he thought about telling his brother, but stopped because Balajadia was in uniform, had a gun, and may have shot them both.
"I was running to go outside to tell my brother before stopping and thinking that if I did that, AJ may shoot us both. He was a police officer. So, I went to my room and spent decades letting that secret tear me apart." - Excerpt from Larry Rupley's letter to the attorney general and the chief of police
"I ask that you arrest and prosecute him for official misconduct under §49.90 of Chapter 49, Title 9, Guam Code Annotated. He committed a crime that harmed me and benefitted himself while he was an executive branch employee." - Excerpt from Larry Rupley's letter to the attorney general and the chief of police