PASTOR has been charged before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court for sexually abusing three minor students of a Christian school in 2014 and 2015.
Charged with eight counts of violation of Section 5(b) of Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination) was Damaso Paragas, reportedly a pastor at the Living Stone on the Rock Church and a resident of G. Araneta Ave., Barangay Tatalon, QC.
The filing of the case was based on the recommendation of Assistant City Prosecutor Nanette Austria after finding probable cause to indict the respondent in court.
Austria recommended a bail of P200,000 for each count or a total bail of P1.6-million for the provisional liberty of the respondent.
The case stemmed from the complaints of three minor-students of King Solomon Christian School International who claimed that the respondent separately sexually abused them several times in 2014 to 2015 inside the school.
One of the complainants, then 12-year-old Grade IV, narrated that the respondent touched and fondled her breasts on three occasions, when she was in Grade IV in 2014; Grade V in 2015 and on July 6, 2015.
The other complainant, who was also then 12 years old, also claimed that Paragas fondled and touched her breasts and undressed her while she was asleep inside the school in 2015.
The third complainant, then 16 years old, narrated that the respondent also fondled her breasts in 2014 and in August 2015. She added that there were also instances wherein Paragas kissed her and rubbed his sex organ on her.
Records showed that all the complainants were then also staying in said school and left only after the respondent sexually abused them.
In his counter-affidavit, Paragas categorically denied that he had carnal knowledge or had sexually assaulted the complainants.
But in her four-page resolution, Austria ruled that probable cause exists to charge the respondent with Section 5(b) of RA 7610 as the acts he committed against the complainants clearly constitute acts of sexual abuse.