Child abuse raps, not seduction filed vs man-A A +A
Sunday, July 15, 2012
A CHILD abuse case was filed against a 26-year-old man for keeping his 16-year-old girlfriend inside a room of a clinic.
Charged with violation of Republic Act 7610, otherwise known as Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, was Francis John Agda based on the complaints of the guardian of the victim Jenny (not her real name).
In a resolution, Prosecutor Jay Karel Sanchez found sufficient evidence to charge Agda of a child abuse case instead of the seduction complaint filed by the complainant.
In her affidavit, the guardian of the victim said the nurse on duty informed her that there were two naked people inside an isolation room of the clinic.
She said she immediately called the doctor, who was her brother, and told him about the incident.
The doctor, on the other hand, called for police assistance. When the authorities arrived, together with the doctor and the guardian of the victim, they opened the door and were surprised to see Jenny and Agda having sex.
Sanchez recommended the child abuse case and not seduction because the victim, during the inquest proceeding, confessed that they have been doing the act for three times already.
The victim also claimed that they have been into a relationship for three months. Sanchez recommended P24,000 bail for the respondent's temporary liberty. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 16, 2012.