Friday, February 21, 2014
Ecija Catholic lay minister indicted for molesting 10-year-old girl
CABANATUAN CITY – A lay minister of the Catholic Church in Nueva Ecija was indicted before the provincial prosecutor’s office here for allegedly sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl Thursday afternoon in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.
Charged in an information for acts of lasciviousness in relation to Republic Act 7610, or the Violence Against Women and Children Act was Efren Meña, 55, of Barangay San Fernando Sur, Cabiao.
Chief Inspector Eric de Venancio, Cabiao police chief, said Meña is a lay minister of the Saint John Nepomucene Parish Church in Cabiao.
The complaint was filed by the girl’s 35-year-old mother who said the sexual acts were committed by Meña inside the house of a neighbor at around 1 pm Thursday.
SPO1 Orlando Francisco, chief investigator of the Cabiao police, said that the victim saw Meña in the house and once inside, the latter suddenly kissed her in the lips and touched her breast.
The frightened girl fled and reported the incident to her mother who accompanied her to the police. The victim also reported the incident to municipal social welfare and development officer Dyna Dayao.
De Venancio dispatched a police team which arrested Meña who was subsequently detained at the police stockade.
Francisco said on questioning, Meña admitted he kissed the girl but denied touching her private parts.
A bail of P200,000 was recommended for Meña’s provisional liberty. – Manny Galvez
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