By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A Filipino Canadian passport photographer, Eugene Deocareza, and a member of the Philippine Press Club of Ontario (PPCO), had been arrested by the Toronto, Canada police for sexual
assault after allegedly touching the breasts of one of his female passport clients and grinding his crotch behind her.
According to a press release of the Toronto police, they are asking the public for more information regarding Deocareza, who was arrested and charged with allegedly molesting a 28-year-old woman.
Eugenio alias Eugene Deocareza, 46, was picked up by the police on Monday, March 13, from his workplace in the Bathurst St. and Wilson Ave. area in North York, Toronto locally known among Filipino Canadian community as Little Manila soon after they received a complaint that "while taking photographs, the man (Deocareza) sexually assaulted the woman".
On his Facebook account, Deocareza indicated that his birthday is March 26, 1969, putting his age at 48 on Saturday, March 26. His FB account says, he is a “Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) to conduct Immigration Services with RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) # R509052.” He said he also works with “Gino International, an accredited Fingerprinting Agency in Canada. Other services include Immigration, NBI, Photo ID & NSO Certificates.”
Police said on Saturday, March 11, the woman had her photograph taken by Deocareza. While taking the photograph, Deocareza assaulted her.
Police said anyone with information on Deocareza is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
According to the website of the Toronto Police, a sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.
PHOTO OF EUGENE DEOCAREZA (right) during the induction of the Philippine Press Club of Ontario posted on The Philippine Reporter (Toronto) last December.
In Canada there is no statute of limitations for sexual assault offences.
Conviction of sexual assault ranges from probation; suspended sentence with probation; intermittent sentence; if sentence is less than two years, the offender is sent to provincial jail; if two or more years, the offender is sent to federal prisons, which can either be minimum, medium or maximum security prisons.
According to The Filipino Channel, a video footage website, edited by Filipino Canadian journalist Romeo P. Marquez, the photo studio of Deocareza is located at a small office in a neighborhood generally referred to as Little Manila.
At one point, Marquez said in his news story, “Currents & Breaking News,” Deocareza asked the woman to change blouse with another attire for the photo shoot. That's when he allegedly touched her breasts and started grinding his crotch behind her, quoting knowledgeable sources.
Although he has no known media affiliation, Deocareza managed to get into the Philippine Press Club Ontario (PPCO), got elected as an officer, and held the position of auditor in the social club, Marquez said.
NO COMMENT FROM PPCO
Marquez said, Deocareza “has apparently used his PPCO credential to frighten people as in the case of his former colleagues in the community organization running the Taste of Manila (ToM) street festival.”
"Sisirain ko kayo, media ako (I will destroy you, I am with the media)," he was quoted to have yelled at ToM founder Rolly Mangante as he invaded ToM's office in the same building where Deocareza has his office and studio.
A local journalist has referred to Deocareza as an "impostor", Marquez added.
A barrister, Filipino Canadian George Garvida, who presented himself as Deocareza's lawyer, demanded that Marquez "cease and desist the harassment" just hours after he broke the news online.
In his "cease and desist - harassment" email to Marquez on Wednesday, March 15, Garvida told Marquez, he "will be forced to take appropriate legal action against you and will seek all available damages and remedies".
Both Garvida and Deocareza, however, were silent once the police on Thursday, March 16, officially announced Deocareza's arrest and scheduled court appearance on April 27. Two attempts to get their comments were not answered, Marquez said.
When reached for comment by this reporter, Ms. Rose Tijam, incumbent president of the Philippine Press Club of Ontario (PPCO), and Mr. Hermie Garcia, immediate past president of PPCO and Publisher and Editor of The Philippine Reporter (Toronto), did not issue any statement.