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Judge finds probable cause in rape case

SUPERIOR Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho found probable cause to charge Joseph Aquino Saimon with sexually assaulting his 39-year-old ex-girlfriend, and threatening to post nude photos of her at her worksite and send them to her family and friends if she did not go with him.

After hearing testimony from Detective Wally Emul Jr., the judge said Saimon, 42, may have committed the offense of sexual assault in the first degree.

But the judge dismissed with prejudice the two counts of kidnapping, disturbing the peace, and two other counts of sexual assault in the first degree against Saimon. His arraignment was set for July 16, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Assistant Public Defender Jean Pierre Nogues represented Joseph Saimon.

His co-defendants are Christopher A. Saimon, 38, who is represented by attorney Denny Nie; and Richmond Keybond, 18, represented by attorney Oliver Manglona.

The judge ordered them to file their opening briefs on or before Aug. 10, 2018.

 Judge Camacho, in a separate order for Keybond, found no probable cause to charge him with disturbing the peace.

A motion hearing was scheduled for Oct. 3, 2018 at 9 a.m. for Keybond and Christopher Saimon’s briefs.

 Keybond was charged with sexual assault in the first degree and attempted sexual assault in the first degree while  Christopher Saimon was charged with two counts of sexual assault in the first degree.

 The fourth defendant, Romeo Aquino Saimon, 44,  who was represented by attorney Chuck Macdonald, waived the preliminary hearing.

 The government was represented by Chief Prosecutor Michelle Harris and Assistant Attorneys General Teri Tenorio and Frannie Demapan.

The four defendants — three brothers and their nephew —  were accused of sexually assaulting a 39-year-old-woman while she was heavily intoxicated.