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Sunday July 22, 2018

Athlete: Coach molested me in regional meet

A YOUNG athlete from Talisay City has accused a coach of molesting him in Asturias last Thursday night, in the middle of a regional sports meet.

Ben, 11, told the police that he then received P100 from Floyd, the coach and high school teacher, who instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. The teacher is in his late 20s. (Their real names are being withheld in the interest of protecting the minor.)

Wala niya gigasto ang kwarta. Naa ra ang kwarta sa pitaka niya (The boy did not spend the money. He kept the bill in his wallet),” said PO3 Diana Molejon, chief of Asturias Police Station’s Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD).

The boy, however, told his other teachers that Floyd abused him. The incident was reported to the WCPD last Saturday.

Ben was a participant in the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (Cviraa) tournament in Balamban. His teammates and other Talisay City delegates were housed in the Argao Central School.

He told Molejon that Floyd had touched his privates.

The teacher, Molejon said, will be charged with violating Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

Molejon, however, said they cannot arrest Floyd without a warrant because the boy waited two days before going to the police.

RA 7610 defines child abuse as maltreatment of a minor, which includes “psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment,” and “any act by deeds or words that debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of a child as a human being.”

Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) spokesperson Noemi Truya-Abarientos condemned the alleged abuse, saying the pupil must pursue the case against the teacher.

“Sexual abuse is not okay, and it cannot be tolerated,” she said. “We must not continue a culture of silence vis-a-vis the widespread abuses done on minors.”

Abarientos said that the CLB is willing to help the minor and the police in filing the complaint.

Molejon, in a phone interview, said that Ben was brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center for examination. The boy also underwent counseling.

Advances

Before the incident allegedly happened at 7:30 p.m. last Thursday, Ben and his fellow athletes ate their dinner in the Asturias Central School.

They went inside their quarters after they were done, but Ben and some of his friends later took a walk on the school grounds.

The boy said he heard someone calling him. It turned out to be Floyd, who brought Ben to a multicab in one area of the school. The vehicle was one of the vehicles rented by the Talisay City delegates.

“The teacher allegedly told the boy he was handsome,” said Molejon.

Floyd then touched the boy’s thigh.

Ben resisted, but the teacher continued his advances, said Molejon.

The pupil later went back to the quarters, where his teammates teased him about having an affair with the coach.


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