Man who allegedly raped girl charged

THE OFFICE of the City Prosecutor has found probable cause to indict a man for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in Barangay Lizada, Toril District on Oct. 4.

 City Prosecutor Nestor Ledesma charged Baltazar Ompoy Escaño for violation of Art. 266-A in relation to Art. 266-A of the Revised Penal Code and under Sec. 5(b) of Republic Act 7610 (Child Abuse) in relation to Republic Act 8353 (Anti-Rape Law).

 The complainant claimed that at 11 p.m. on Oct. 4, she was looking for his father when he was grabbed by the respondent and sexually abused her. The victim failed to shout for help out of fear.

 The victim went home crying and told her relatives about what happened. The respondent went into hiding but arrested by authorities later.

 Prosecutor Dina Joy Teñala, who conducted the investigation, said that “the medical finding support the allegation of the complainant when she complained of pain in her vagina after the incident took place.”

 Teñala also said that the arrest of Escaño was lawful based on the Rule 113 of the Revised Rules on the Criminal Procedure.

 “It appears the arresting officer was armed with probable cause to effect the arrest considering that the complainant positively identified the perpetrator of the reprehensible act done to her only house after the said incident took place,” the resolution read.

 Escaño is now temporarily held at Toril Police precinct while waiting for his case to be filed in court.

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