A FREELANCE photographer accused of cyberpornography fell into a trap set by the police last Tuesday.
Jaypee Daarol Curilan of Sitio Roque, Barangay Pusok in Lapu-Lapu City allegedly enticed a 20-year-old woman from Cebu City to pose naked for P25,000. He invited the woman to meet him last Tuesday at a lodge in Barangay Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City and allegedly threatened to upload the woman’s nude photos on the Internet if she did not come.
The woman (real name withheld) went to the Lapu-Lapu City police for help.
With the help of the International Justice Mission, the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) arrested Curilan at the lodge.
Law enforcers seized a laptop, a DSLR camera, condom, cash of different currencies and a USB memory stick from Curilan.
Senior Insp. Rogelio Pineda of the LCPO intelligence branch said Curilan’s laptop and camera contained sex videos and pictures of naked women in a swimming pool.
The police said Curilan was in some of the videos. The police also found pictures of weddings and parties in Curilan’s laptop and camera.
Curilan, who is detained at the LCPO detention cell, told reporters that he and the woman had an agreement.
He also said the photos and videos were for his personal use and some of it were just downloaded.
He denied being part of a cyberporn syndicate.
Senior Supt. Armando Radoc, officer-in-charge of LCPO, said Curilan allegedly violated Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.
He said LCPO is trying to determine where the photos were taken so they file a case against the owner of the establishment.
The police said Curilan contacted the woman on Facebook using the name, Van Seyer.
He allegedly asked her to be his model. She declined at first but eventually agreed to see him last Feb. 12 at a lodge in Pajo.
Pineda said that inside a room at the lodge, Curilan took pictures of the woman fully clothed, but later asked her to remove her clothes.
Pineda said the suspect may have threatened the woman because she later agreed.
The police official said the woman also admitted performing oral sex on Curilan.
Instead of getting P25,000, Pineda said, the woman went home with only P150.
Insp. Judith Besas of the LCPO Women and Children’s Protection Desk said the woman agreed to see Curilan again on the condition that he delete her photos.
Radoc urged other women to file a complaint against Curilan.
The LCPO is preparing charges against the photographer.
Meanwhile, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza expressed dismay that PNP Camp Crame did not inform her in advance that they have appointed Radoc as officer-in-charge of LCPO.
Radaza wanted to keep then LCPO Director Rey Lyndon Lawas whose two-year term ended earlier this month.
Radaza said she has not yet receive a list of possible appointees from Camp Crame.