A 51-year-old man from the Philippines has been charged with four counts of performing lewd acts with children for allegedly molesting four relatives in San Leandro eight years ago, authorities said today. San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said the investigation began when a 20-year-old woman contacted police on July 18 to report that her uncle had molested her over a one-year period eight years ago, when she was 12.
The woman told police that her uncle was currently visiting the Bay Area from the Philippines and was staying in San Leandro, Tudor said. San Leandro detectives discovered that he was planning to leave the U.S. to fly back to the Philippines last Sunday, so they contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at San Francisco International Airport and coordinated a plan to arrest him there, according to Tudor.
The man was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers as he attempted to board a flight to the Philippines and was turned over to San Leandro police, Tudor said. Further investigation revealed that in addition to molesting the woman who is now 20, the man also allegedly molested three other family members ranging in age from 4 to 12 around the same time, Tudor said. The man was arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward on Wednesday.
Tudor said San Leandro police aren’t releasing the man’s name yet because they’re still investigating whether there are more victims.
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