American, Pinay pal face trial for ‘molesting’ girl

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


AN American national and his Filipina friend will face trial for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl from Badian, Cebu.

Acting Carcar City Prosecutor Richard Abangan, Sr. found enough evidence to conduct a full-blown trial against Peter Towle and Jennylyn Pacunla for alleged violation of Republic Act (RA) 9208, or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

No bail was set for their temporary liberty; their case was resolved when they failed to submit their counter-affidavit.

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“Both (Towle and Pacunla) are equally liable for the crime since there is evidence of conspiracy,” Abangan said in his resolution.

Complainant Maddy (real name withheld), in her affidavit, said Pacunla brought her to Towle’s apartment in Carcar City last Nov. 8.

Jealous lover?

Pacunla allegedly told her that she suspected Towle had another woman.

When they arrived in Towle’s apartment in the evening, Pacunla told Maddy to wash in the bathroom, which has no lock.

Maddy did so as told, saying didn’t think something “bad” would happen to her.

“Peter got inside the bathroom and (he) was naked. I saw (Pacunla) in the sala also naked,” she said.

Towle allegedly started to fondle and kiss her.

A few moments later, he and Pacunla allegedly forced Maddy to get inside their bedroom.

Towle allegedly took pictures of Maddy. After he was done molesting the girl, Pacunla allegedly took time in molesting her.

She left the foreigner’s place the following day. The accused gave her P1,000.

The incident was repeated last Jan. 10, said Maddy.

RA 9208 punishes any person who “recruits, transports, transfers, harbors, provides, or receives a person by any means, including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship, for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 15, 2014.

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