BI set to deport Dutch accused of raping stepdaughter

Posted on October 26, 2012


MANILA, Philippines — Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents have arrested a Dutch national who is wanted for allegedly abusing his young stepdaughter for more than a decade in the Netherlands.

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said Eric Johannes Gerardus Van Roijen, 55, was brought to the bureau’s detention center in Bicutan, Taguig after his arrest on Oct. 18 in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

David said that the Interpol had issued a “red notice” for Roijen after Dutch authorities charged him with sexual abuse.

“We will deport him immediately lest our Filipino children become his victims, too,” David said in a sattement.

He described Roijenas as a “very undesirable” alien, adding that the culprit allegedly started abusing his stepdaughter when she was still four years old in 1998.

BI spokesperson Ma. Antonette Mangrobang said the abuse ended only in 2007 when the girl was already 14 years old and after her mother and stepfather divorced and parted ways.

However, Roijen had already moved to the Philippines when the case against him was filed by public prosecutor before a district court in Haarlem, the Netherlands .

Mangrobang said that under the Dutch penal code, Roijen could be sentenced to a maximum jail term of 12 years if convicted. /INQUIRER

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