was a Mormon church member and former BYU professor in Utah; found guilty of sexual abuse in Guam in 2017

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Mike Ehlert was a Brigham Young University professor in Provo, Utah in the early 1990s.

He was not a BYU professor when he was convicted of sexual abuse.

Ehlert worked as a professor at the University of Guam in the 2010s.

In 2017, he was convicted of two felony counts related to sex crimes: one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of attempted third degree criminal sexual conduct.

His two victims of the crimes for which he as convicted were adult women in their early 20s.

One victim said that Ehlert had three other victims.

Ehlert was sentenced to four years in prison, with all but 18 months of his sentence suspended.

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  1. Ex-professor marks first month in prison for sex crimes
    view source details | 24 Jul 2019 | Pacific Daily News
  2. Michael Blair Ehlert
    view source details | 1 Jan 2024 | Guam Sex Offender Registry
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  • Ex-professor marks first month in prison for sex crimes
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Pacific Daily News
    Date published/accessed: 24 Jul 2019
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    Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated a bill related to the sex offender registry was introduced by Sen. Therese Terlaje.

    Former University of Guam professor Michael B. Ehlert, a convicted sex offender, so far has served one month of an 18-month sentence after losing his appeal in June in the Supreme Court of Guam.

    He self-surrendered June 24, according to Department of Corrections Director Samantha Brennan.

    Ehlert, who was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct, was the subject of testimony Wednesday morning at the Guam Legislature, where lawmakers held a public hearing for several bills related to the prosecution and parole of sex offenders.

    Rose Hermoso, left, and Josette Quinata, right, testify during a public hearing July 24 at the Guam Congress Building, stating their support for a bill related to the island's sex offender registry.

    “Ten years ago, I was raped by the professor at the University of Guam. Five years later, he victimized three other women at the University of Guam,” said Rose Hermoso, who was a witness in Ehlert’s trial in 2017.

    Hermoso and victim’s rights advocate Josette Quinata testified in support of a bill by Sen. Amanda Shelton that would require convicted sex offenders to be listed on the island’s sex offender registry, even if their conviction is under appeal.

    Ehlert, who was convicted in July 2017, wasn't required to register as a sex offender until June, after he lost his appeal. He was sentenced to four years, with all but 18 months of his sentence suspended.

    “Guilty is guilty,” said Hannah Rebadulla, who submitted written testimony, stating Ehlert sexually assaulted her in 2014.

    She said the assault left her with a sense of powerlessness, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

    “Please pass (the bill) to provide an extra layer of protection for our community and ensure convicted sex offenders, like Michael B. Ehlert, are not provided the opportunity to re-offend, to hurt others, to be the reason why people take their own lives,” she wrote.

    Hermoso told senators she is concerned that Ehlert, after being convicted, was allowed to leave island several times, with little or no notice to his victims. She said Ehlert left island five times, and victims were told only about the last trip.

    Superior Court of Guam Judge Vernon Perez allowed Ehlert, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a UOG student and trying to sexually assault another, to leave Guam to teach in Hong Kong.

    Perez required Ehlert to check in weekly with the probation office through email.
    Pre-sentence reports

    Lawmakers also heard testimony on Sen. Therese Terlaje’s Bill 172, which would require the courts to provide a convict’s pre-sentence report to the Guam Parole Board. Guam law states the parole board is entitled to have that information when considering whether to grant parole, but the courts have withheld the information.

    “That has been a continuing problem for many years,” said parole board member MiChelle Hope Taitano, who said there appear to be conflicting laws on the issue of releasing those confidential reports.

    The bill was introduced following April’s arrest of registered sex offender Paul Santos Mafnas, Jr., who was charged in the April 11 kidnapping and rape of a 10-year-old girl on her way to school.

    Paul Santos Mafnas Jr.

    Mafnas committed similar crimes in 1995, and in 1999 was sentenced to 27 years in prison. The parole board granted Mafnas parole in 2014 without receiving his pre-sentence report or conducting a mental health evaluation.

    “I’m worried about a parole board not seeing that,” Sen. Terlaje said about the pre-sentence reports. “If a judge needs to see those things in order to decide whether to release or not release or to sentence, then I’m thinking the same should apply for anyone who has the authority to release, to give that person back to the community and put that risk on the community.”

    Senators also heard testimony on a bill to prohibit magistrate’s judges from handling cases that involve felonies, criminal sexual conduct or repeat offenders and a bill that makes it a felony for registered sex offenders to loiter at places frequented by children.

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    Michael Blair Ehlert
    Source type: Registered sex offender record
    Publisher: Guam Sex Offender Registry
    Date published/accessed: 1 Jan 2024
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    Full Name:
    EHLERT, Michael Blair

    Offender Status: PAROLE
    Level: 1

    Date of Birth:
    6/20/1961

    Ethnicity:
    Caucasian

    Gender:
    Male

    Height:
    5'11

    Weight:
    230

    Hair Color:
    Brown

    Eye Color:
    Hazel

    Birth Place:
    United States of America (USA)

    Birth State:
    Washington

    Profile Last Update:
    2/9/2021

    Count: Attempted Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (As a 2nd Degree Felony)
    10/9/2017
    Guam
    1 [Count]

    Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (As a 2nd Degree Felony)
    10/9/2017
    Guam
    1 [Count]

    Victim(s):
    Female - age 20
    Female - age 24

    Scar Description:
    There are no recorded scars for offender.

    Mark Description:
    There are no recorded marks for offender.

    Tattoo Description:
    There are no recorded tattoos for offender.

    Address: Kowloon - Out of Country

    Tamuning - Guam 96931

    Employment: Offender currently unemployed.

    Additional Details:
    There are no recorded vehicles for offender

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