2 sex offenders barred at NAIA

2 sex offenders barred at NAIA

Feb 16, 2024, 2:58 AM
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Bureau of Immigration (BI) inspectors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recently barred from entering the country a Papua New Guinea national who was convicted in Australia for acts of pedophilia.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the excluded alien as 23-year-old Arthur Stuart who was turned back at the NAIA terminal 1 last February 9 when he arrived aboard an Air New Guinea flight from Port Moresby.

Tansingco said that as in the case of other alien pedophiles previously intercepted at the airport, Stuart was excluded pursuant to Sec. 29(a)3 of the Philippine immigration act which forbids the entry of foreigners who were charged or convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude.

The BI chief also described Stuart’s presence here poses a serious risk to Filipino women and children.

Information provided by the BI-Interpol unit revealed that on March 24, 2022, a court in Perth, Western Australia convicted Stuart for the crime of sexual penetration of a child over 13 and under 16 years of age.

Stuart allegedly committed the offense between January and March 2021 when he caused a 14-year-old girl to bear a child.

A DNA test confirmed that Stuart is the child’s father.

Meanwhile, the BI’s border control and intelligence unit (BCIU) reported the interception by BI officers of another American pedophile at the NAIA terminal 1 on Monday, February 12.

The BCIU identified the passenger as 64-year-old Timothy James Foley, who was denied entry after he arrived on a flight from Taipei.

According to the BI-Interpol unit, Foley, a registered sex offender (RSO), was convicted by a court in Kings County, California on August 14, 2018 for the crime of possession and control of child pornography.

Both Stuart and Foley were already boarded on the next available flight to their port of origin.

They were also blacklisted and banned from entering the Philippines.

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