A Roman Catholic priest was charged yesterday for rape, in relation to RA 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, before the Cadiz City Prosecutor’s Office, for allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl.
Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Cadiz City police officer-in-charge, yesterday identified the priest as Fr. Aron Buenacosa, parish priest of St. Joseph Parish Church in Brgy. Caduha-an, Cadiz City.
Buenacosa, 41, was accused of molesting of a 4-year-old female victim, whose mother is employed as a secretary of the parish church.
He added that the victim, a day care pupil at the parish church, was traumatized by her alleged molestation.
Although there was no laceration or abnormal discharges, the result of medical examination indicated that there was slight gaping in the genital area of the victim, Mansueto said.
Mansueto also disclosed that the alleged sexual molestation of the minor was reported to them Saturday last week, by the parents of the victim.
Mansueto also noted that the victim had been consistent in her statements on the indecent act allegedly committed against her by the priest, who had kissed her and also touched her genital area, on several occasions, the last of which was on February 8.
The priest has denied the allegations of the child.*
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