Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
World

Philippines: Arrest of an American priest accused of mistreating boys at the altar

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino immigration authorities have announced the arrest of an American Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote town in the center of the Philippines. city, in a case described as "shocking and appalling".

Immigration Bureau spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said Reverend Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, charged in Ohio for unlawful sexual behavior in the Philippines, was arrested Wednesday in a church in the city of Naval, in the island province of Biliran.

Sandoval announced Thursday that an Ohio court had issued an arrest warrant against Hendricks, 77, who has lived in the Philippines for 37 years.

According to her, the suspect allegedly mistreated seven victims with 50 counts of molestation in his residence, in a case that was both "shocking and appalling".

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