A FOREIGNER was arrested by police after being caught in the act of sexually harassing a minor inside an inn in Barangay Consolacion, Cagayan de Oro City, on Monday, May 1.
The American national, 63-year-old Anthony Bruce Mallet, allegedly met and picked-up the 13-year-old girl in one of the streets of Divisoria earlier in the day. A concerned citizen noticed Mallet taking the minor in his red car and immediately tipped the officers of the Divisoria police.
Divisoria police station commander Police Senior Inspector Maricris Mulat together with five other officers responded to the caller's information that Mallet will bring the minor to the "Cubicle Inn" located at District 4, Manuel Vega Street in Barangay Consolacion.
Upon reaching the inn, roomboy Ronald Gaid confirmed that a foreigner together with a female checked-in inside room 21 a few minutes earlier.
The officers knocked the door open and found Mallet together with the victim minor sitting at the edge of the crumpled bed cover.
Initial investigation revealed that, the minor victim is from Malaybalay City and has no permanent address here in Cagayan de Oro City. She has been in the city for quite a few days after running away from her home.
Mallet was discovered to have been residing in the city for several years now and has long been separated from his wife. He is presently living at District 4 in Calaanan Road.
Mulat said that according to their interview with the minor, upon arriving in the inn the suspect only gave her P600 instead of the agreed-upon amount of P1,500. Afterwards, Mallet undressed both of them. The foreigner then put himself atop of the victim and inserted his genital.
The minor, however, kept on complaining that she could not bear the pain that she felt on her private part. This prompted Mallet to stop and threatened to get back the money from her because he was not satisfied.
Afterwards, Mallet forced the minor to do oral sex. When the responding officers rescued the victim minor, she was still holding the P600 paid to her by the suspect.
The suspect is now in the custody of Police Station 1-Divisoria while the minor has been referred to the care of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD).
"Ang pwede natong mai file ana ay rape ug RA 7610. Ang minor, naa na karon sa CSWD ug sila na ang muatiman sa pagcontact sa pamilya sa bata. (We can file a rape case and RA 7610 [Anti-child abuse act] [against Mallet]. The minor is now in the custody of the CSWDand they will contact her family)," Mulat said.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 02, 2017.