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Embattled US diplomat met Pinay ‘child’ on dating app

August 18, 2021 Hector Lawas 584 views

THE United States (US) diplomat tagged in a kiddie sex controversy had met the 16-year-old Filipina with whom he allegedly had sexual relations on an online dating app.

This was learned from the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office in a resolution dated August 3, 2021 but was only released to reporters on Wednesday.

The resolution added that the girl’s school discovered her “illicit online activities and that she meets older men offline,” prompting the filing of the cases by the Philippine National Police’s Women and Children Protection Center against American national Dean Edward Cheves.

“The Anti-Cybercrime group of the Philippine National Police submitted their examination on the contents of the Samsung cellular phone with SIM and it shows the sexual and lewd conversation between the minor child and Dean Edward Cheves along with screen shots of the video recording of the sexual intercourse by the respondent and the minor child,” the resolution reads in part.

The resolution, which was approved by Chief Prosecutor Elmer Rillo, found probable cause to indict Cheves for violation of Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, and Section 4 (B) of RA 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.

Cheves allegedly took cellphone videos during his sexual encounters with the girl. The last of such encounters allegedly happened last February 22 inside a motel in Pasay City, the resolution showed.

The cases against Cheves are pending before the Pasay City regional trial court, and was raffled off to Branch 109 Judge Christian P. Castaneda.

Cheves, 61, was a member of the United State Foreign Service at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines between September 2020 and February 2021.

He was recently indicted by a federal grand jury at the Eastern District of Virginia, USA for having sex with a Filipino minor and possessing child pornography while stationed in Manila.

Reports showed that Cheves met the 16-year-old Filipina online and engaged in sexual activities despite knowledge of the girl’s real age.

Just recently, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disclosed that the government is seriously mulling the extradition of Cheves.

“The DOJ (Department of Justice) is presently coordinating with the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) on relevant legal issues such as diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention and territorial jurisdiction. Assuming that these issues have been clarified, we shall proceed to coordinate with the US Department of Justice under the umbrella of the RP-US Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT).”

” Mr. Cheves may be extradited to the Philippines once he is charged under any or all of the aforementioned laws, subject to the provisions of our extradition treaty with the US, ” Guevarra said.