BI to deport American priest nabbed for 'sexually molesting' boys in Biliran

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
maxPaginationLinks: 10

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday it will deport an American priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of minors in Biliran province.

Fr. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, 77, will be expelled from the country for being "a fugitive from justice that poses a risk to public safety and security," Immigration Spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval said in a statement.

"The U.S. embassy is reportedly processing the revocation of Hendrick's passport to help facilitate his immediate deportation," the BI said.

Authorities arrested Hendricks in the Diocese of Naval Wednesday after more than three decades of staying in the Philippines. The BI and the Philippine National Police conducted an investigation on Hendricks following information given by U.S. authorities on the supposed sexual exploitation.

An Ohio court earlier issued a warrant of arrest on Hendricks on charges of "engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places," the BI said. The case stemmed from complaints filed by victims in the Philippines.

"There were reports that he conducted at least 50 counts of molestation of young boys," BI Fugitive Service Unit chief Bobby Raquepo said, adding that the priest reportedly abused minors living in his residence.

"We will not allow sexual predators to prey on our children," Sandoval said.  "People like him must be kicked out and banned from the Philippines."