Police official faces sex rap

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Thursday, March 24, 2011


A POLICE official faces trial for allegations he repeatedly molested an inmate while serving as police chief of a municipality four years ago.

Sr. Insp. Crisanto Duque of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) said the charge was made up upon the instigation of two female subordinates he didn’t name.

Following the filing of the complaint, Duque was transferred to the provincial security service group.

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In August 2008, however, he became part of a team that conducted a general inspection on the Siquijor PNP Office.

Duque was ordered to appear before Municipal Trial Court Judge Leonardo Carreon of Argao, who will call the case to trial on Friday.

Unless the case is on reverse trial, the judge gets the evidence from the prosecution first. In this case, the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas is the prosecutor.

Psychologist

After the prosecution rests, the presentation of evidence for the defense, which will be carried out by Duque’s lawyer, will begin.

As part of its presentation of evidence, the anti-graft office is having a psychologist take the witness stand on Friday to present a clinical case report of his assessment sessions of the complainant, now 27 years old.

Emmanuel Hernani, who holds a masters degree in clinical psychology went to the anti-graft office to submit an affidavit indicating his findings.

Duque’s lawyer will have the option to challenge Hernani’s findings through cross-examination.

Later, when the court begins hearing the evidence for the defense, Duque and his lawyer will have the chance to present their expert witness or call Hernani back to the stand as a hostile defense witness.

Mother

According to the complainant, Duque was the station chief of the Argao PNP while she was detained there sometime in 2007 on a qualified theft charge.

A mother of one and pregnant with another, she was accused of stealing children’s apparel from the home she was employed in as helper.

Since she was pregnant, she said she wasn’t locked up like the other prisoners but allowed to stay in the police precinct. She was given a place inside the police station where she could sleep at night.

She was given chores, like cleaning the station and cooking meals. But Duque, she said, gave her additional chores, like giving him massages whenever he spent the night at the station.

She alleged that during these massage sessions, Duque molested her. She said the police official would even molest her even if her son, who was only three years old then, was in the police station.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 24, 2011.

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