Online tutor nabbed for voyeurism

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 14 February) – Authorities in Makilala, Cotabato arrested on Thursday an online tutor for allegedly extorting money from a Davao City-based law enforcer with whom he had an ‘intimate relationship’ through online chatting.

Makilala police chief Major Arniel Melocotones identified the suspect as Jude Fundar of Purok-32 in Poblacion, Makilala.

Melocotones said the suspect posed as a girl whom the law enforcer had fallen in love with through exchanges of online messages.

He used as alias the name “Hannah de Guzman.”

The relationship between the law enforcer and “Ms de Guzman allegedly became intimate that the victim shared online some of his video files and pictures that exposed his private body parts.

The victim, whose identity has been withheld for security reasons, told authorities in Makilala that he started to become suspicious of “Ms de Guzman” when she began to ask for money.

Worse, he said, the “girl” blackmailed and threatened him to post online his video files if he refused to give money.

On February 13, the victim deposited the cash to “Ms De Guzman” through a money-cash-transfer remittance center with Fundar as the recipient as instructed by the suspect.

Around 3pm on February 13, the Makilala police arrested Fundar when he was about to withdraw the money from the remittance center located along Poblacion, Makilala.

Melocotones said the suspect was immediately placed in their custody while the case for violating Republic 9995 or An Act Defining and Penalizing the Crime of Photo and Video Voyeurism is being prepared against him.

The law defines photo or video voyeurism as the act of taking photo or video coverage of a person or group of persons performing sexual act or any similar activity or of capturing an image of the private area of a person or persons without the latter’s consent. (Malu Cadeliña-Manar/MindaNews)