DOJ be­gins probe into Qual­i­fied Traf­fick­ing raps vs Tay­tay priest

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THE De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) on Mon­day started its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the qual­i­fied traf­fick­ing com­plaints filed against Tay­tay, Rizal priest Mon­signor Ar­nel La­gare­jos.

La­gare­jos was al­leged of re­peat­edly so­lic­it­ing the sex­ual ser­vices of a 13-year-old, alias "Ana".

The priest failed to at­tend Mon­day's pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing con­ducted by As­sis­tant State Pros­e­cu­tor Karla Ca­bel. The priest, how­ever, was rep­re­sented by his lawyer.

The closed door probe was also at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Public At­tor­ney's Of­fice, coun­sel of the com­plainant Ana, and the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment.

La­gare­jos and the four other re­spon­dents, in­clud­ing the one that pimped the vic­tim, were di­rected to sub­mit their re­spec­tive counter af­fi­davits in the next hear­ing on Septem­ber 22.

La­gare­jos, for­merly par­ish priest of the St. John the Bap­tist Par­ish in Tay­tay, was stripped of his po­si­tion fol­low­ing his ar­rest in an en­trap­ment oper­a­tion in a mo­tel in Marik­ina City last July.

The al­leged rape try has also led to his re­moval as pres­i­dent of Cainta Catholic Col­lege.

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