BI to deport British, American sex offenders

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday said it will deport two wanted sex offenders in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) who were recently apprehended in separate operations in Pampanga and Metro Manila.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said British national William James Neville Ireland, 68; and American Shane Edward Scism, 45, are both temporarily detained at the Bureau’s detention center in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

“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,” he said in a statement.

The two foreigners will also be placed in the BI blacklist and banned from re-entering the country, Morente said.

Ireland was arrested in Lubao, Pampanga last August 14 while Scism was arrested in Marikina City by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) last August 16.

The BI chief said Ireland is on the wanted list of UK’s National Crime Agency for engaging in sexual acts with a child at his home in Northern Ireland in 1996. He was reportedly charged with seven counts of indecent assault of a female and two counts of gross indecency with a child.

On the other hand, Scism is wanted in New York, USA for 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 New York last July 30.

On the other hand, FSU chief Bobby Raquepo said Ireland had hidden in the Philippines since Oct. 1, 2013 when he arrived here as a tourist.

Ireland fled the UK to evade questioning by police on a complaint of historical sexual abuse that was filed against him, Raquepo said.

Raquepo said Ireland became the subject of an Interpol red notice that was issued last Aug. 5 after UK authorities found that he had fled to the Philippines.

On the other hand, the BI intelligence officer said Scism’s passport is already “in the process of being revoked by the US authorities.”

He arrived in the Philippines in December 2017.

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