American wanted for child molestation in Missouri nabbed in PH

/ 09:53 PM August 13, 2019

American wanted in Missouri for first degree child molestation was arrested in Pangasinan province and will be deported from the Philippines.


James Austin Holliday , 65, was arrested by members of the Fugitive Search Unit of the Bureau of Immigration last Monday in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Immigration Chief Jaime Morente announced.

The arrest came after the U.S. Embassy in Manila alerted Philippine immigration authorities about the alleged child abuser’s presence in the country. The US government had already revoked Holliday’s passport, thus making him an undocumented alien in the country.


“We will expel him for being an undesirable alien.  His presence here poses a serious threat to our Filipino children, anyone of whom could be his next victim,” Morente said in a statement.

Holiday had been hiding in the Philippines since September,

arriving in Manila barely a week after a judicial circuit court in Missouri had issued a warrant for his arrest, according to authorities.

Holliday is now detained at the Bicutan immigration detention center pending his deportation. He is now blacklisted to prevent him from returning to the Philippines.

Another American is awaiting deportation in Bicutan. Leo James Chaplin, 60, wanted in Alaska for abducting his two children, was arrested on board his boat, which was moored at the Ocean View Yacht Club on Samal Island.

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