Australian-American sex offender barred from entering PH

By Ferdinand Patinio

April 24, 2024, 5:36 pm

<p><em>(Photo courtesy of BI)</em></p>

(Photo courtesy of BI)

MANILA – An Australian-American national wanted by authorities in the United States for various sex offenses was intercepted and barred from entering the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Wednesday.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said 54-year-old Robert David Fenton boarded a flight to Los Angeles on Tuesday after being denied entry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Pasay City.

The foreigner arrived from Brisbane, Australia but was excluded after his name prompted a positive hit in the International Criminal Police Organization's (Interpol) derogatory system, which indicated that he is subject of a red notice who is wanted for sex crimes in the US.

He said the foreign national has been in the immigration blacklist for being an undesirable alien.

BI-Interpol unit acting chief Jaime Bustamante, meanwhile, said Fenton is wanted in the US for charges of aggravated indecent assault against a victim who is below 16 years of age.

He was also charged for corruption of minors and indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and statutory sexual assault against a person less than 16 years of age.

The BI coordinates with international counterparts to thwart the entry of foreign sex offenders, as part of its #Shieldkids campaign.

“We are determined to ban the entry of these unwanted aliens as their presence here poses a serious risk to our women and children,” Tansingco added. (PNA)