The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a convicted British child abuser wanted by authorities in the UK for failing to report his whereabouts in the past two years.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Leslie Charles Russon, aged 52, was arrested in San Fernando, Cebu, by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) on Friday.
“We will deport him for posing a risk to Filipino children whom he might victimise while he continues to remain in the country,” the BI chief said in a statement today (Monday, February 19).
The British man is a registered sex offender who was obliged by the court to periodically notify authorities about his location and address.
However, Russon stopped complying with the notification requirements in September 2015 when he fled to the Philippines. He had not returned to the UK since this time.
Mr Morente added that UK’s National Crime Agency officials have sought Russon’s deportation, and warned that the latter had no intention of returning to the UK, thus, his continued presence here poses a risk to children.
On the other hand, FSU chief Bobby Raquepo said a British court convicted and sentenced Russon to seven years in prison in 1993 for molesting three boys who were under 16 years of age.
He added Russon frequently travelled back and forth to the Philippines after serving his sentence.
“When he is in the UK he would register and report his presence to the authorities but he would travel back to the Philippines afterwards,” said the BI intelligence officer.
Russon last travelled from the UK to Cebu on September 23, 2015, and presented upon his arrival a return ticket dated December 21 of the same year. He did not board the said flight.