Brit national in child sex trafficking case missing

THE REGIONAL trial Court has ordered the arrest of a British national who missed his arraignment yesterday for child abuse and trafficking charges.

RTC Branch 33 Presiding Judge Lope Calio ordered the arrest of Lenox James Ellis, from United Kingdom, following the return of the subpoena to the court for his arraignment.

“The return for the subpoena for the accused shows that the subject person ‘is no longer residing at his address’ and his whereabouts could not be traced,” the order read.

The order of Calio was based on the motion of State Prosecutor Gaye T. Cañete to issue arrest warrant against Ellis since the accused cannot be located.

Calio also canceled the bail bond of Ellis.

Complainant Kenneth Montederamos also did not attend the arraignment .

Ellis was facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9208 or the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003″ and RA 7610 “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.”

Last July 12, he was arrested by the authorities after he was reported by his neighbor for allegedly keeping six minors in his residence in Ma-a, Davao City.

Police rescued the six minors, who claimed to have been abused by Ellis. The accused allegedly took pictures of the children and touched their private parts.

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