Philippines, Philippines – Philippine Immigration Authorities have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing altar boys in…
Philippines, Philippines – Philippine Immigration Authorities have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing altar boys in a remote city in a case like an official described as “shocking and scary.”
Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, accused of illegal sexual behavior in the Philippines, was arrested in a church in Naval Town in the eastern province of Biliran on Wednesday, spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said on Thursday.
An Ohio court had issued a delay for arresting 77-year-old Hendricks, who has lived in the Philippines for 37 years, said Sandoval and added that the United States criminal case was stammered from complaints from the alleged Philippine victims.
There was no immediate response from the US embassy, the Philippine Catholic Church officials or Hendricks, who fled to Manila and was detained in a detention center.
The suspected suspected suspected seven victims, who served mostly as altar boys in Naval, in 50 degrees of abuse in his residence in a case that is “both shocking and scary,” said Sandoval.
“The victims were in his house and abuse was committed while taking a bath with each of them,” Sandoval said by telephone. The US authorities provided information about the alleged sexual assault against the Philippine government, she said.
The victims were allegedly warned that they would be locked in prison if they told anyone about the abuse, she said.
“Several of his victims have come up with their statements,” said Sandoval.
The US embassy can revoke Hendricks passport to help the Philippine authorities immediately expel the priest, the immigration agency said in a statement.
Hendricks is “an escape from justice that pose a risk to public safety and security,” says Sandoval. “We do not allow sexual predators to shout on our children. People like him must be kicked out and banned from the Philippines. “