The Pasay City Prosecutor's Office (PCPO) recommended the filing of charges against Dean Edward Cheves, a former US diplomat, for violating Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the "Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination" and RA 9775 or the "Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009."
The 61-year-old Cheves was assigned at the US Embassy in Manila from September 2020 to February 2021.
According to records at the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration, Cheves was sent home last March after Embassy officials found out about his involvement with a minor.
The victim was a Grade 10 student in a private school in Taguig City.
In her complaint, she claimed that she met Cheves on February 22 and he allegedly identified himself as an officer of the US Embassy in Manila and director of an office called "Global Printing Solution."
They allegedly got high on illegal drugs and had numerous sexual encounters with the American who also recorded the incident on video.
Prosecutors also submitted a forensic report of the American's mobile phone and SIM card which allegedly contained recorded conversations between him and the minor as well as pictures and video of their encounters.
"Respondent even shared videos of their sexual intercourse and money was also sent by the respondent to the child. The acts of the respondent have debased, degraded and demeaned the intrinsic worth and dignity of the child as a human being," the Department of Justice (DoJ) resolution read.
The PCPO stated that the "evidence also shows that respondent produced and created child pornography by recording and filming the sexual intercourse between him and the child. The forensic evidence provided by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group shows the existence of child pornography involving the respondent and the child," the complaint read.
The PCPO received the complaint against Cheves last June from the PNP Women and Children Protection Center.
"During the preliminary investigation both parties failed to appear. Cheves was notified through a subpoena coursed through the Office of Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs since the respondent is a Director at the US Embassy in Manila," the document stated.
"Despite the subpoena sent, respondent failed to submit any evidence on his behalf. Thereafter, the case was deemed submitted for resolution."
The DoJ has made a guarantee that it will push for the diplomat's extradition.
However, on the same date of the Resolution on August 3, a news release was issued by the US DoJ that the Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of Virginia charged Cheves ahead of the Philippines indictment.
It disclosed that sex videos were found on Cheves' devices seized from his embassy residence while in the Philippines.
"Between February 2021 and March 2021, he also allegedly possessed child pornography," the US DoJ stated.