The US Bureau of Immigration is seeking the deportation of a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting boys in the Philippines.
Father Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, who has been indicted in Ohio for illicit sexual conduct committed abroad, was arrested yesterday by Filipino authorities in a church in Naval town in the island province of Biliran.
An Ohio court issued a warrant for the arrest of Hendricks, who has been living in the Philippines for 37 years.
Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said explained that the US criminal case stemmed from complaints from the alleged Filipino victims.
Hendricks was flown to Manila and is currently being held in an immigration detention center.He stands accused of abusing seven victims, who served mostly as altar boys in Naval. He faces 50 counts of molesting the youngsters in his residence in a case that’s “both shocking and appalling”, Sandoval said
The victims were in his house and the abuses were committed while he was taking a bath with each of them
The victims were reportedly warned they would be locked up in jail if they told anyone about the abuses, she said.
Several of his victims have come forward with statements.
The US Embassy may revoke Hendrick’s passport to help Philippine authorities immediately deport the priest, the Immigration Bureau said in a statement.
Hendricks is “a fugitive from justice that poses a risk to public safety and security”, Sandoval said.
We will not allow sexual predators to prey on our children. People like him must be kicked out and banned from the Philippines.