Facebook ‘scandal’ leads to charges vs college student-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
HER Facebook (FB) account was hacked in May last year.
Regina (real name withheld), an occupational therapy student, said she was relieved when she was able to open her account on the social networking site.
She later received a text message from her classmate Paul (real name withheld), who told her he knew her secrets.
“I immediately suspected that he was the one who hacked my FB account. I demanded him to delete the pictures and videos in my account otherwise I will report him to the authorities,” the 17-year-old said in her affidavit.
Regina was either naked or wearing a skimpy outfit in her personal videos and pictures.
She said she had sex with Paul at least five times. She said she could not refuse his demands because he threatened to post the videos and pictures on her FB account.
Paul told her he sought the help of a friend in the US to hack her account. He created another account using Regina’s name and invited her relatives as friends.
“He sent some of my personal pictures to some of my relatives, including my mother using the bogus account,” Regina said.
Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Noel Cellona found enough evidence to indict Paul with violating Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, and RA 9262, or the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act.
Bail was set at P60,000 for the first case and P12,000 for the second one.
In his counter-affidavit, Paul denied the allegations, saying Regina made up the stories to embarrass him.
Cellona said Paul’s threatening text messages showed there was “pressure employed by (the accused) to coerce the complainant to do something.”
Under RA 9262, violence against women and their children refers to “any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship... which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts.”
RA 7610 punishes any person “who shall commit any other acts of child abuse, cruelty, or exploitation or to be responsible for other conditions prejudicial to the child’s development.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 04, 2013.