EDJAY Jaime Sablan, a former Department of Public Safety traffic/patrol division officer, has pled guilty to one count of child pornography in federal court. He will self-surrender Friday, June 4, at 9 a.m., according to the minutes of the court proceedings.

Following Sablan’s guilty plea, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI unsealed the federal indictment against him.

On Jan. 20, 2021, a grand jury indicted Sablan on one count of child pornography, and one count of receipt of child pornography.

According to the factual basis and statements of facts, on or about Jan. 6, 2021 defendant knowingly possessed a laptop computer, which contained over 75 video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

At the change of plea hearing on Thursday, Sablan appeared out of custody and was represented by court-appointed attorney Robert T. Torres. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric O’Malley appeared for the federal government.

Judge Manglona found that Sablan was fully competent to enter a knowing, voluntary and intelligent plea.

The judge then accepted the plea and adjudged Sablan guilty of one count of child pornography.

She scheduled the sentencing for Oct. 8, at 9 a.m.

Under the plea agreement, Sablan, upon completion of his sentence, will register as a sex offender for a minimum of 15 years, and will be under supervision.

As part of his probation, Sablan will also undergo counseling, and have no direct contact with unaccompanied minors.

Moreover, his employment must be approved by a probation officer, and he will subject himself to search by any law enforcement at any time. His use of computers will be strictly monitored.

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Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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