MANILA, Philippines – Filipino immigration authorities have arrested a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote city, in a case described by an official as "shocking and appalling" becomes.
The Rev Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, who was indicted in Ohio for unlawful sexual acts in the Philippines, was arrested Wednesday in a church in Naval Town, Biliran Island Province, said spokeswoman for the Immigration Bureau in Washington on Thursday.
An Ohio The court has issued an arrest warrant for 77-year-old Hendricks, who has been living in the Philippines for 37 years, Sandoval said, adding that the US criminal process was based on complaints by the alleged Filipino victims.
No immediate response from the US Embassy, the Philippine Catholic Church representative, or Hendricks, who was flown to Manila and imprisoned in an immigration prison.
The suspect is said to have been abused Seven victims who served in Naval mainly as altar boys, in 50 cases of harassment in his residence in a case that is "both shocking and appalling," said Sandoval.
He took a bath with each of them, "Sandoval said on the phone, and the US authorities sent information to the Philippine government about alleged sexual assaults, she said.
The victims were reportedly warned that they were going to jail if they were to inform anyone about the abuse.
The victims made their statements, "Sandoval said.
The US embassy may revoke Hendricks Pass to help the Philippine authorities immediately deport the priest, "the immigration office said in a statement.
Hendricks is" a refugee before the judiciary. " public safety, "Sandoval said. "We will not let sexual predators fall prey to our children, people like him must be expelled from the Philippines and banned."