NOTE: THIS STORY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE BOHOL CHRONICLE’S SUNDAY PRINT EDITION.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Wednesday the arrest of a convicted American sex offender wanted by US federal authorities.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitive as Michael Dennis Hartsock, 71, who was arrested by operatives from the Bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) on April 14 at Brgy. Ubojan, Loon, Bohol.
Morente shared that he initially issued a mission order following the request of the US authorities to assist in locating and apprehending Hartsock.
FSU Head Bobby Raquepo disclosed that the operations were conducted in coordination with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bohol.
“Hartsock is the subject of a 10-year old Warrant of Arrest issued by the San Joaquin County Superior Criminal Court in California,” Raquepo added. According to records, Hartsock is wanted for six counts of Sexual Contact with Minor.
Morente further shared that Hartsock is an undocumented alien, as his passport has already expired in 2017.
“The fugitive is an undocumented and overstaying alien who poses risk to the security and safety of the public, especially of Filipino children,” Morente said. “We will deport him and put him on the BI’s blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the country,” he added.
Hartsock is temporarily detained at the NBI’s headquarters in Bohol pending transfer to the BI’s detention center in Bicutan, Taguig.