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November 11 - 17, 2002

Teener accuses pastor of sexual molestation

A HIGH school sophomore has formally accused a pastor of sexually molesting him repeatedly since July 6 this year.

The 16-year-old boy, a native of Jagoliao island,Getafe town identified the suspect only as one Pastor Jun de Jesus of the New Tribes Mission in Tagbilaran City.

The Times obtained a copy of the affidavit last Monday yet but withheld de Jesus' identity pending the filing of formal charges.

In a talk with the Times minutes before the filing of the case, the boy said he will no longer continue his studies at the Manga National High School but will transfer to another school.

A 15-year-old boy who is also from Getafe and who is also a working student staying at the same mission house executed a separate affidavit corroborating the allegations of his town mate.

Like the victim, he too will be transferring to another school.

"Wa pa maklaro asa, Sir, pero mobalhin mi (It is not clear where yet, Sir, but we will transfer)," the boy remarked.

The boys revealed that there are eight other boys still staying with de Jesus at the mission house. Six of them are from Getafe.

Asked how long they will remain at their mission house, the boys were more definite.

"Nanghipus na mi, Sir (We have already packed up, Sir)," the boy shyly revealed.

The case against de Jesus, whom the boy estimated to be in his late 30s or early 40s, was received at the Office of the City Prosecutor Wednesday afternoon. It is now docketed as information sheet no. 2002 1361.

In his affidavit, Gaspar (real name withheld), he was lying on his bed about 6 pm last July 6 when he was summoned by the suspect into his room to conduct reflexology massage on the latter.

Since it was routinary for him, Gaspar said he readily obliged. While he was massaging the legs of de Jesus, Gaspar said the former asked him whether he has already been circumcised, to which he answered positively.

The boy said he was surprised however when the pastor insisted that he looked at the boy's sex organ and personally undressed the boy. From there, the boy said de Jesus touched his sex organ and other sensitive parts of his body and kissed him in his face and neck.

Gaspar claimed the suspect then proceeded to sexually abuse him. The boy alleged that the pastor gave him P10 as payment but took this back later.

Since that night, Gaspar said the suspect's sexual advances became frequent. "He regularly (had) sexual contact with me on a twice a week basis and he became more lewd," the boy said in his affidavit.

The last time they had sexual contact was on Oct. 11at around 9 pm. Gaspar that because he could no longer tolerate the sexual abuse, he confided about his ordeal to his board mate and schoolmate the next day, Oct. 12.

The boy said that after the sexual abuse became public knowledge, Gaspar said he has become the laughing stock of his board mates.

Last Oct. 18, the boy said the pastor fetched him from the school campus and brought him to the basketball court. Gaspar said the pastor reportedly threatened him of imprisonment for divulging the sexual abuses.

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