BI deports arrested American ‘pedophile’ in Cebu city

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) deported an alleged American who was accused of sexually exploiting girls in Cebu City during his frequent travels to the Philippines.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said 64-year-old Craig Alex Levin was deported last Thursday aboard a select chartered flight of the US Embassy from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Reports said US Marshals Service agents fetched Levin from the and brought him to a detention facility at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Morente said the BI Board of Commissioners ordered Levin’s deportation for due to his status as a wanted fugitive and for being an undesirable and undocumented alien.

“He has been placed in our immigration blacklist, thus he is now perpetually banned from re-entering the Philippines. Henceforth, he would no longer pose a threat to our Filipino children,” the BI chief said.

Authorities arrested Levin in a condominium unit in Barangay Cogon Ramos, Cebu City, on May 24, 2019, after he was seen in the lobby accompanying a 15-year-old girl.

Craig Alex Levin, 63 at the time, was a resident of Coates Lane King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

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Police recovered several cards, condoms, a pair of handcuffs that the suspect allegedly uses in engaging in sexual activities with his victims.

The arrest was made after US authorities informed Philippine police that Levin was a fugitive and had a pending trial before a US district court in Philadelphia over charges of sexually exploiting minors in the Philippines and for engaging in child sex trafficking.

The alleged American Levin was turned over to the BI, where he was detained while undergoing deportation proceedings.

According to US prosecutors, Levin is a dangerous sexual predator who targeted vulnerable children in the Philippines.

They also alleged in their indictment that Levin used the internet to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a child into sex trafficking and that he frequently traveled to the Philippines to engage in illicit sex with minors.

BI Chief warned foreign nationals who are to travel to the Philippines for illegal activities.

“Do not prey on our children. We do not welcome sex tourists in this country,” said Morente.