An update on past news

Saturday, November 17, 2001

Sex assault suspects out on
bail, await April trial

By Debra Barayuga

Question: What ever happened to Victor and Celeste Flores, the couple indicted for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl?

Answer: Victor Flores, 38, and Celeste Flores, 37, are free on bail awaiting trial to begin April 8, 2002.

The couple was indicted in February on charges they sexually assaulted the girl multiple times from July to December 2000 at their Kapolei home. Celeste Flores is charged as an accomplice in two of the assaults. Both pleaded not guilty.

The teen reported the assaults to school officials when she became pregnant and alleged Victor Flores was the father. She gave birth to a boy in August. Both mother and child are in state custody.

Circuit Judge Reynaldo Graulty in late October granted the state's request to obtain blood samples from Victor Flores for DNA analysis and determine the baby's paternity.

Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto continued the trial week to April, against the defense's objections, so that the state could obtain the DNA test results from the mainland.

Celeste Flores, who was also pregnant, gave birth to a girl in February, the couple's second child.

The baby girl, the Flores' other child and Celeste Flores' two children from another relationship were taken into state custody when the two adults were arrested. The children have since been reunited with and are living with Celeste Flores, who is living separately from Victor Flores. No allegations were made about the Flores' children being harmed.

Victor Flores is a senior field engineer with a company that provides electrical power systems to government agencies and the military.

Celeste Flores lived primarily in Rota in the Northern Marianas, where she owns a beauty shop and restaurant. She traveled to Hawaii at least a half-dozen times a year to be with her husband and children. She held the Northern Marianas Islands "Miss International" title in 1984 and was a Democratic Party legislative candidate in 1997.

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