Police arrest charcoal maker for ‘molesting’ nieces in Sogod

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

FOR allegedly molesting his two nieces, a charcoal maker was arrested in the mountain barangay of Cabalawan, Sogod, Cebu last Friday afternoon.

PO3 Julius Vanguardia of Sogod Police Station said the 47-year-old suspect’s arrest stemmed from a warrant for acts of lasciviousness, in relation to Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

The confidentiality provision of the law prohibits Sun.Star Cebu from naming the suspect and the victims.


Vanguardia said the incident happened last April 1 when the suspect, who is single and makes a living making charcoal, visited the girls' house in Barangay Damolog after they were left by their mother.

The suspect allegedly lured the sisters, ages four and six, with P10, then molested them.

The victims’ older sister, who is nine years old, saw the incident and reported it to their mother.

Vanguardia said they caught the suspect last Friday while working in the hilly village, about 10 kilometers away from the town proper.

Police were armed with an arrest warrant issued by Danao City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 25 Judge Jerry Dicdican. Bail was set at P120,000.

“He went with us but he insisted he doesn’t know anything about the incident,” the police officer said in Cebuao.

The suspect, who is related to the girl's mother, visits the victims’ house occasionally.

PO2 Maria Celeste Cemfron of the town police's Women and Children’s Protection Desk told Sun.Star Cebu the victims were referred to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for counseling.

“They have moved on. It seems they don’t really understand what happened because of their age,” she added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 14, 2012.

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