TWO foreigners have been charged in local courts with sexual abuse of minors.
An arrest warrant has been issued by a Taguig City court against a 36-year-old Spaniard in connection with the criminal charges filed against him by the Department of Justice (DoJ) for allegedly having sex with a minor he met online.
The DoJ revealed in a statement that Presiding Judge Byron Gabbuat San Pedro of Regional Trial Court Branch 15 (Family Court) signed the warrant and directed law enforcement agents to arrest Francisco Manuel Sanchez de Oria a.k.a. Franco Sanchez for violating of Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act) and RA 9775 (Anti Child Pornography Act).
Jane, a 16-year old student of an exclusive school in Taguig, recently made news after she filed a sexual abuse case against Dean Edward Cheves, a director at the US Embassy.
According to the DoJ, through the Office of the City Prosecutor, Jane met Sanchez in person on Dec. 14, 2020 when he picked her up in Pasay City.
Sanchez brought her to his place in Taguig where they took illegal drugs and had sex.
Jane disclosed that Sanchez recorded her and one “Gill” having sex and after he left, the respondent recorded his sexual intercourse with the minor.
A precautionary Hold Departure Order was also issued by the Office of the Executive Judge against Sanchez upon motion of the trial prosecutor.
In the meantime, the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued an arrest warrant against Cheves supposedly for sexually abusing a 16-year-old Filipina and possessing pornographic materials while assigned at the US Embassy in Manila.
Pasay City Prosecutor Elmer Cris Rillo indicted Cheves for violating RA 7610 and RA 9775.
The Pasay Prosecutor’s Office, verifying information from the DFA and Bureau of Immigration, discovered that Cheves was sent home by the US Embassy last March 2021 after finding out about his involvement with a minor.
The DoJ guaranteed that it will push for the extradition of the American pedophile.
However, when the DoJ issued its resolution on August 3, a news release was issued by its counterpart in the US that the Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of Virginia had charged Cheves ahead of the Philippine DoJ indictment.
The US DoJ was quoted as saying that Cheves, 61, was a member of the US Foreign Service serving at the US Embassy in the Philippines between September 2020 and February 2021.
It also disclosed said that sex videos were found on Cheves’ devices that were seized from his embassy residence while in the Philippines.