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Pedophile US priest arrested in the Philippines had child rape den


Added 12-07-18 01:37:02am EST - “A Catholic priest arrested and charged with sexual abuse of children during his longtime residency in the Philippines lived with numerous underage boys, prosecutors say.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Pedophile US priest arrested in the Philippines had child rape den”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US and the Philippines announced the arrest of Rev. Kenneth Hendricks, 77, on charges of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, a federal crime that could result in up to 30 years in prison. The Catholic priest had been residing in the Philippines for almost 40 years, receiving some funding for missionary work from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

This case is sadly far from isolated in the majority Catholic Philippines. In 2002, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines’ President Orlando Quevedo estimated that in the course of last 20 years, some 200 of the 7,000 priests in the country may have been involved in illicit sexual activity.

Many disturbing details came to light during the investigation, such as the prosecutor’s claim that Hendricks had multiple children living at his residence: “It is alleged he insisted they take baths together and would molest the victims alone or with other boys. The priest allegedly warned the victims that if they told anyone they would all go to prison.”

US attorney Benjamin Glassman described Hendrick’s actions as “horrifying... abusive conduct,” adding that Hendricks’ first “befriended” his victims, and found excuses to get them to come to his private residence before “engaging in progressively intimate contact, sometimes including oral and anal sex.”

The age of those abused ranges between 7 and 12 years old. Some of them were abused multiple times over extended periods. All of those Hendricks assaulted met him through his official work in the church; many of them when they signed up to be altar boys.

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