USA priest facing sexual abuse raps nabbed in Biliran

Kenneth Bernard Hendricks

Kenneth Bernard Hendricks

U.S. priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Philippines AFP, Manila An American Catholic priest wanted for allegedly sexually abusing Filipino altar boys as young as seven has been arrested in the Philippines and now faces deportation, officials said Thursday. But as far as after that, I don't know what's going to happen. USA authorities provided information about the alleged sexual assaults to the Philippine government, she said.

Agents are now trying to gather more evidence from victims and potential witnesses, in both the Philippines and the U.S.

The church suspended Hendricks from his priestly duties after opening a formal inquiry more than a month ago, said Father John Estina of the Catholic diocese in Biliran, adding that it had cooperated with civil authorities.

Hendricks was flown to Manila, the capital, where the U.S. embassy is taking steps to enable his deportation to face charges in the USA state of OH, she added.

"He was brought here yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon", BI spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval said in a text message to reporters Thursday.

The priest was arrested Tuesday evening, local time.

He added there's reason to believe others have been abused by Hendricks, whose travel records show he returns to the US for several months each year.

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The US Embassy is reportedly processing the revocation of Hendrick's passport to help facilitate his immediate deportation.

Sr. Supt. Julius Coyme, Biliran police chief, said Hendricks was arrested at the Cathedral of Our Lady Rosary Parish about 11 a.m.in the presence of Bureau of Immigration representatives.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati listed Mr Kendricks as a "missionary in Asia" on its website, but later issued a statement saying he "is not, nor has ever been, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati".

Glassman said federal investigators are trying to ascertain the relationship between Hendricks and the archdiocese.

Top Huawei Executive detained in Canada AFP, Ottawa A top executive and daughter of the founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States, officials said Thursday, angering Beijing days into a trade war truce with the US. "It is a solemn obligation to protect children from sexual abuse".

"Our reach is global", he added, citing his office's work with other agencies.

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