The Attorney General’s Office filed criminal charges against a Palauan man on July 21, 2016 for allegedly imprisoning his girlfriend against her will.
Anfion Ridep, who has been confined in Koror Jail since his arrest, is being accused of sexually assaulting, threatening and imprisoning his girlfriend.
The victim identified in court documents as Larinda R. Dick told investigators that Ridep forced her to engage in sexual intercourse presumably while she was imprisoned.
The victim told investigators that the most recent incident began on July 16th to the 19th. Ridep allegedly threatened her with a grass reaper and stuck underwear in her mouth and taped it shut to keep her from screaming or yelling.
In the affidavit of probable cause filed in court, Ridep admitted to imprisoning Dick, tying her up, grabbing her and leaving marks on her body, threatening her with the grass reaper to “frighten her” as well as stuffing underwear in her mouth to keep her from yelling.
Although he also admitted to tying her up for sexual intercourse he states it was consensual.
Ridep is facing three criminal charges of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, terroristic threatening in the first degree and sexual assault in the second degree. The charges are Class C felony punishable by 1-5 years in jail and a fine up to $10,000 with the exception of sexual assault, which is a Class B felony crime punishable by 1-10 years and an optional fine of up to $25,000.
In his first court appearance on July 22, Ridep entered a not guilty plea. The court ordered bail for $2,500 cash or $5,000 surety. He is to remain in jail until bail is posted.
A status conference has been set for Wednesday, August 3.