British and American sex offenders to face justice after being deported

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The Bureau of Immigration is preparing to deport a British man wanted in the UK for child abuse and an American sex offender.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the men as American Shane Edward Scism, aged 45, and British national William James Neville Ireland, 68.

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Ireland was arrested last Wednesday (August 14) in Lubao, Pampanga, by operatives of the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU).

He is on the ‘most wanted’ list of the UK’s National Crime Agency for engaging in sexual acts with a child in Northern Ireland in 1996. He was charged with seven counts of indecent assault of a female, and two counts of gross indecency with a child.

Then, on Friday (August 16) FSU operatives nabbed Scism in Marikina City. He is wanted in New York for his failure to register as a sex offender. The Correction Law of the State of New York requires sex offenders to register any change of address, internet accounts, internet profiles and status at any residence or educational institution. A warrant for his arrest was issued in the State of New York on July 30.

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“We will immediately deport them as their continued stay in the country poses a serious threat to our women and children. Both are undesirable aliens who must be expelled from our country without delay,” said FSU chief Bobby Raquepo.

He added that the two men will also be blacklisted to prevent them from re-entering the country.

Mr Raquepo said Ireland had been hiding in the Philippines since October 2013 when he arrived on a tourist visa. It is alleged that he fled the UK to avoid questioning about a complaint of historical sexual abuse.

“He was invited to appear for interview by the UK police that was scheduled on the same day he arrived in Manila,” Mr Raquepo added.

Ireland became the subject of an Interpol red notice that was issued on August 5 after UK authorities discovered that he had fled to the Philippines.

Scism arrived in the country in December 2017. “He seems to have planned to relocate in the country for good in an effort to escape his liabilities in his country,” said Mr Raquepo.

He added that Scism’s passport was already “in the process of being revoked by the US authorities”.

The pair are now detained at the BI’s Bicutan detention centre in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig.

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