US fugitive nabbed for ‘exploiting’ minor

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a suspected American pedophile wanted by US authorities for alleged sexual exploitation of a Filipino minor.

Michael Kent Clapper, 69, was arrested on Monday in San Manuel, Pangasinan during a joint operation conducted by operatives from the Bureau's Fugitive Search Unit (FSU), Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) and Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 1, based on  a mission order for his arrest at the request of the US Embassy in Manila.

A check of the BI's travel database showed Clapper arrived in the country as a tourist on March 26 last year.

In a letter to the BI last June 26, the embassy sought the BI's assistance in apprehending Clapper due to his "involvement in possible sexual exploitation of a minor in the Philippines."

Reports have it that the victim is a 12-year-old girl with whom Clapper has been in an "inappropriate relationship."

The Embassy also stated that Clapper's US passport is expired, making him an undocumented alien subject to summary deportation.

It was learned that the alien is temporarily detained at the San Miguel police headquarters pending the release of his swab test for COVID-19.  If tested negative for the virus, he will be committed to the BI Warden Facility in Bicutan, Taguig City where he will remain until he is deported.

Clapper will then be placed in the immigration blacklist and banned from re-entering the country once deported for being an undocumented and undesirable alien, as his continued presence in the country is considered as posing a serious risk to Filipino children.