Engineer sued for molesting stepdaughter

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012


A RETIRED engineer was sued before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) for alleged molestation of his 22-year-old step daughter several times since she was in Grade 5.

The City Prosecution Office (CPO) formally charged with two counts of violation of Section 5 (h) of Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, the stepfather based on the complaints of the victim.

In her affidavit, the girl testified that her stepfather molested her several times although she cannot give exact dates.

She was first molested when she was in Grade 5, she said.

She was playing with her younger sister in their room that time when her stepfather came in and sat beside her and touched her hair as what fathers would do to their daughters.

However, when her younger sister went out of the room, the man grabbed her hand and started molesting her.

She said the same act happened again when she was 16-year-old until she was 20-year-old.

She said she had once told her mother about it but her mother did not believe her.

The victim said her stepfather finally confessed to her on July 29, 2009 that he was obsessed with her.

In his counter-affidavit, the stepfather denied all the accusations of the victim.

He said the complainant has a "strange habit of suddenly remembering things or even completely changing her statement just the way she feels".

But Prosecutor Mariam Linsangan found probable cause to hold the accused for court trial.

Linsangan recommended P48,000 bail for the respondent.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 17, 2012.

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