Jasmine Stole Weiss Pacific Daily News
Published 4:37 AM EDT Jul 24, 2019
The children of a former Baptist pastor convicted of sexually abusing a then-14-year-old girl maintain their father is innocent.
A jury found Renato Bosi guilty of:
- two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as first-degree felonies;
- two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct as misdemeanors; and
- child abuse, also a misdemeanor.
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The victim, who was 14 years old at the time of the sexual assault, wasn’t at the hearing. She has since moved to the Philippines.
Prosecutors said she was part of the same church as Bosi. She viewed him as a father figure and was living with Bosi while her mother was off-island, because her sick father couldn’t look after her.
In 2016, while she was living with Bosi, he inappropriately touched her private parts, prosecutors said.
The girl’s father spoke at Bosi’s sentencing hearing on Wednesday. He called Bosi a “sexual maniac” and asked for the maximum penalty for Bosi. He also said his daughter was severely impacted and became suicidal because of the incidents.
He said the maximum penalty is needed to show people that this kind of crime shouldn’t be taken lightly.
As the man spoke, Bosi sat at the defendant’s table, his hands clasped in front of him.
‘Hurts so much’
When it was his turn to speak, Bosi said, “It was hard for me and my family to accept what happened. It hurts so much, it’s hurts so much when I know that I didn’t do anything.”
Bosi said he’s dedicated his life to helping others through the church. He asked the judge for leniency when deciding his fate.
Chief Prosecutor Basil O’Mallan III said predators like Bosi often live double lives.
“Lives of these kinds of perpetrators is a double life,” O’Mallan said. “To the majority of people, he’s a fine, honest Christian man. To the victim, he’s not.”
Bosi’s son, James Bosi, said his father only lives one life.
“He lives one life and that is a life for God,” James Bosi said.
James Bosi and his three sisters spoke of their father as a man who always helped people, who wouldn’t commit the crimes of which he’s been convicted. They each recalled how their parents taught them about Jesus Christ and the church.
They said throughout their lives, their parents’ home was a refuge for people who needed a place to stay and their father often counseled people.
“He is our rock and our foundation. It’s devastating that he has to go through humiliation from people because he was wrongfully convicted of something that in my whole entire heart…(I) know he would never do,” said Renato Bosi’s eldest daughter, Florence Ando.
“The family asks for mercy but the victim asks for justice,” O’Mallan said.
O’Mallan asked for Renato Bosi to be sentenced to 10 years in prison, with none of that time suspended. Renato Bosi was in a position of authority and the victim was a vulnerable 14-year-old girl, he said.
Bosi’s attorney, Stephen Hattori with the Public Defenders Service Corporation, is fighting for Bosi to receive a lesser sentence than the law mandates. The law states anyone convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct must serve at least five years in prison.
Hattori has asked Judge Vernon Perez to consider other Guam laws that allow judges to reduce a conviction or sentence a person to less time than what is in the statute.
Hattori apologized to Bosi’s family and said, “I believe the system has failed.”
Hattori said in Bosi’s 40 years as a pastor, he hadn’t been accused of any such misconduct before. He asked Perez to take into account Bosi’s whole life when considering a sentence.
After almost three hours of emotional statements from the victim’s family and Renato Bosi’s family, including a video of people from Bosi’s church, Perez continued Bosi’s sentencing to next month. He wanted more time to evaluate Hattori’s request for a lenient sentence.
Perez also allowed Bosi to remain out on release until his next hearing.
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