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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Dog trainer gets
17-year sentence

A Bacolod canine behaviorist was sentenced yesterday to 17 years, four months and one day imprisonment for abusing a minor girl.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court, Branch 43 Judge Philadelfa Pagapong-Agraviador found Eduardo Vidauzarraga Tan, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of Section 5, Article III of Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

In her 15-page decision, Agraviador sentenced Tan to indeterminate penalty of 10 years and one day of prison as minimum, to 17 years, four months and one day as maximum, and all the accessory penalties provided by law.

Agraviador also ordered him to pay the victim, whose name the DAILY STAR withheld, P100,000 as moral damages and P30,000 as exemplary damages.

The accused, who had pleaded not guilty, allegedly committed repeated acts of sexual intercourse and other sexual abuse and molestation on a girl, who was then 15 years old, and a high school student, from July 2005 to September 2005 in Bacolod City, court records showed.

The Court grants moral damages to the private offended party whose reputation was shred to tatters by the accused, and whose education went on a decline during the period of their sexual relationship, the decision stated.

Exemplary damages are also awarded as an example for the accused and other persons of similar minds not to use minors for their sexual release, the decision added.*

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