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Guam Blue House Lounge Supervisor Agrees To Testify
Freda Eseun takes plea deal for 3-year suspended sentence

By Cameron Miculka

HAGTA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan. 18, 2013) – A former Blue House supervisor signed a plea deal that requires her to testify in the upcoming trial against the brothel's former owner and three Guam Police Department officers.

Freda Eseun yesterday agreed to plead guilty to one count of felonious restraint as a third-degree felony, according to the agreement filed in the Superior Court of Guam.

As part of the agreement, Eseun will testify in the upcoming Blue House trial.

Federal court case

Although it isn't clear what Eseun will say during her testimony, she previously testified in a federal court case against the brothel's former owner Song Ja Cha -- one of the defendants in the local case.

In February 2011, Eseun testified that police sometimes visited the brothel while it operated from 2004 to 2008.

Eseun identified officers as "Tony," "Mario," and a third, "chubby," officer, according to federal court transcripts.

The three police officers accused of helping Cha keep the brothel workers in check are Anthony Quenga, Mario Laxamana and David Manila.

Eseun also testified that Cha was "friends" with the police, and that she would have them search for any Blue House victims who attempted to run away.

"If (a victim) decided to run away, (Cha) will call the police to look for her because she owe her money," Eseun testified in the federal court case. "If she decided to run away, she'd have to pay back the money that she provided for her family in Chuuk and the passport and the ticket."

Cha was found guilty in the District Court of Guam case and faces life in federal prison.

Plea deals

Eseun is the second Blue House supervisor to sign a plea deal in the local case.

In December, Saknin Weria pleaded guilty to seven counts of felonious restraint as a third-degree felony.

Weria also is expected to testify in the upcoming trial.

In return for her testimony, prosecutors can request a more lenient sentence.

No more prison time

According to the plea agreement, Eseun would be sentenced to a three-year suspended sentence, with credit for time served.

That means Eseun wouldn't be imprisoned immediately upon her sentencing, but instead would be subject to probation, during which she must avoid contact with all victims in the case and comply with any orders as part of her probation. If she violates any of these terms, she can be sent to prison.

A trial date for the defendants in the case when Eseun is expected to testify has not been scheduled by the court.

[PIR editor's note: Meanwhile, two years of police department radio logs, which could have established why officers went to Blue House, have apparently vanished. Acting upon a defense attorney's request, prosecutors attempted to locate the "relevant" logs, but none have been found. Police authorities have so far declined to comment.]

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