Los Angeles Times

FBI: Child sex abuse suspect fled U.S.

Edgardo Feralin Dormido Jr., 48, is believed to be in the Philippine­s, agents say.


The Federal Bureau of Investigat­ion released photos Wednesday of a man who f led the United States for the Philippine­s in 2015 after two children accused the caregiver of molesting them at their home in Manhattan Beach.

Federal prosecutor­s are hoping the public will help them find Edgardo Feralin Dormido Jr., 48, who was charged with five counts related to the alleged child molestatio­n in Los Angeles County Supreme Court in October 2015 — three months after two 9-year-old girls told their mother that Dormido had inappropri­ately touched them on numerous occasions over the course of more than a year, according to prosecutor­s.

Dormido had worked as a caregiver for the family and fled the country just days after the girls’ mother fired him.

According to the two girls, he rubbed their breasts and genitals in the hallways of the home, in the bathroom and even in a treehouse the family had, according to a federal complaint filed last year.

“What ever you want to do to me .... I accept it... this is the biggest mistake I done to you, pls I beg you dont end my life or kill me,” Dormido wrote in a text to the girls’ mother on July 11, 2015, the day he was fired. “If u want to send me in prison il accept it .... im sorry... i am a sinner to be punish.”

Dormido left the U.S. only two days later, flying first to Taiwan and from there to the Philippine­s, according to federal agents.

Nearly seven years after Dormido was charged in L.A. Superior Court, he was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecutio­n.

But federal prosecutor­s have been unable to locate him in the Philippine­s, though they believe he is working as a janitor at Bago City College in Bago City. He’s believed to be 5 feet 4 and weigh 130 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, according to authoritie­s.

The FBI said it released the photos in the hopes that the public may help locate Dormido in the Philippine­s.

“The trail has gone cold and we’re hoping someone may know where he is,” said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoma­n for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office.

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FBI EDGARDO Dormido Jr. is charged in a Manhattan Beach abuse case.

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