10-yr-old girl allegedly molested by neighbor

Posted at Nov 16 2012 02:35 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2012 10:35 PM

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MANILA - A man was arrested by police for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old girl in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The victim, "Mau" (not her real name), was allegedly molested by her neighbor, 20-year-old Antonio Abeleta outside their house in Barangay 621, Zone 62 Bacood.

The victim and the suspect live in the same apartment building.

Mau said the suspect first asked her to watch a sex video on his cell phone. While watching the video, Abeleta allegedly started kissing her and touching her private parts.

The father of the victim, meanwhile, said he could not believe Abeleta would do that to her daughter. He said Mau treated the suspect as her own brother.

"Hindi ko akalain na magagawa niya 'yun kasi nag-aaral din 'yun eh, matino rin naman. Kaya lang sa ginawa niya, nawala 'yung pinagaralan niya," he said.

The Manila Police District Women's and Children's Protection Desk is still investigating the incident.

Authorities said the suspect may face charges of acts of lasciviousness and child abuse.

- Umagang Kay Ganda, November 16 2012