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American child molester arrested by BI

Francisco Gomez
Photo shows suspect Francisco Gomez. (JERRY S. TAN)

AN American pedophile wanted by authorities in Wisconsin for sexually molesting a child nearly two decades ago was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration-Fugitive Search Unit (BI-FSU).

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the fugitive as Francisco Gomez, 62, who was arrested in Ermita, Manila last February 9 by operatives from the FSU headed by Rendel Ryan Sy. Gomez is currently being held at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.

Tansingco said he issued a mission order for the American’s arrest at the request of the US authorities in Manila which sought the BI’s help in locating and deporting the sex offender.

“We will deport him as soon the BI board of commissioners issues the order for his summary deportation after which he will be blacklisted and banned from re-entering the country,” Tansingco added, as he stressed that Gomez’ continued presence in the country poses a threat to Filipinos.

According to Sy, Gomez is wanted to stand trial before a circuit court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which issued a warrant for his arrest on February 26, 2003 after he was charged with sexual assault of a child.

However, he eluded arrest in the US and on October 6, 2006, he fled to the Philippines and never left the country since then.

Sy said Gomez is already an undocumented alien due to the cancellation of his US passport by the State department.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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