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Papua New Guinean faces case for ‘sexually harassing’ student

THE Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor indicted a tourist from Papua New Guinea who allegedly sexually harassed a 16-year-old college student inside a private university last July 15.

Prosecutor Leah Cruz found evidence to charge Gideon Abel Torna, 26, with violation of Republic Act 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

A bail of P80,000 is recommended for his temporary freedom.

In her affidavit, Joan (real name withheld) said she attended an event inside their school last July 15.

Joan said that at around 10 p.m., she was walking near the school field when a man put his hand around her shoulder.

At first, she thought it was her friend, but the accused later forced her to swallow a “sweet solid.” 

He then held her waist tight and forced her to go to the school cafeteria.

Fortunately, Joan said she saw her instructor and asked for help.

The instructor then pulled the victim away from the accused.

She ran outside the campus, but she felt dizzy and experienced a headache.

Joan’s friends then informed her mother about the incident and brought her to the hospital for medical treatment.

They also reported the incident to the police and sought Torna’s deportation. 

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