Oct 13, 2021 @ 20:32

DOJ exec clarifies: Spaniard facing raps for sexual abuse hasn’t posted bail yet

A ranking official of the Department of Justice on Wednesday night clarified that Spaniard Franco Sanchez, who was accused of sexual molestation by a 16-year-old girl, has not posted bail as earlier reported, and is currently detained at the Bureau of Immigration Detention Center.

“Initially it was relayed to me that Franco Sanchez posted bail however, it was confirmed tonight by the City Prosecutor of Taguig that Franco Sanchez is being detained at the Bureau of Immigration Detention Center for two reasons: 1) he did not post bail in the violation of RA 7610 and RA 9775 case, and 2) the pendency of deportation proceedings,” Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said in a message.

Sanchez, 36, was charged by the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office with 10 counts of violation of Republic Act 7610 (Anti-Child Abuse Law) and RA 9775 (Anti-Child Pornography Act).

His arraignment was set on October 15, 2021.

A hold-departure-order was already issued against Sanchez, to prevent him from hastily leaving the country during the pendency of the case.

The victim, a student of an exclusive school in Taguig City, recently made headlines after she filed sexual abuse cases against Dean Edward Cheves, a director at the United States Embassy in Manila.

According to the victim, she first met Sanchez on December 14, 2020 in Pasay City. Suspect brought her at his place in Taguig City where they allegedly took illegal drugs and immediately had sex, which was put on record as the first sexual abuse.

This incident was allegedly followed by several more sexual abuses.

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