Man sued for lasciviousness

A MAN will be facing court litigation for allegedly sexually molesting a nine-year-old girl in Bankerohan Market, Brgy. 5-A, Poblacion District last Aug. 20.

The City Prosecution Office has found probable cause to indict Jojo Salnebon Ayao for two counts of act of lasciviousness under Article 336 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Republic Act 8369 (Family Courts Act of 1997).

Ayao was initially charged for the Republic Act 7610, the anti-child abuse law.

But Prosecutor Rizalyn Gonzales, in her resolution dated Aug. 26, said “it bears to stress that despite the minority of the complainant, the respondent’s act of touching the complainant’s breast, cannot fall under provisions of Republic Act 7610 as there is no showing that the respondent employed coercion or influence or any other consideration in the commission of the crime.”

The girl, name withheld, claimed that the respondent touched her breast twice.

In a sworn statement, the victim’s mother said her daughter told her that an unidentified drunk man touched her breast twice.

The mother said she observed her daughter to be terrified and was in fact crying when the latter was describing the incident and the respondent.

The mother said she saw the suspect. When she confronted him, the respondent just laughed the allegation and tried to escape. But bystanders intervened and helped bring the respondent to the office of Civil Service Unit.

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