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Son of coach accused of 12-yr-old's rape arrested for obstruction of justice


Police arrested the son of volleyball coach Dennis Gregory Laping for allegedly preventing the arrest of his father at their residence in Quezon City on Tuesday afternoon.

An Unang Balita report identified the coach's son as John Erick Laping, 24, a resident of Barangay Old Balara.

The report said that policemen saw the coach entering their house through the compound's gates at around 4 p.m..

When policemen were about to serve the arrest warrant on Laping, his son allegedly prevented the lawmen.

Because of the alleged obstruction of John Erick, the volleyball coach was able to escape, police said.

John Erick is now facing a complaint for violation of Presidential Decree No. 1989, which penalizes the "obstruction of apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders."

Laping is being accused of seducing a 12-year-old volleyball player into having sexual encounters with him.

The coach is now facing charges of rape, statutory rape, and sexual abuse in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act at the Marikina City and Antipolo City regional trial courts.

The parents of the child is offering P100,000 for the arrest of Laping.

Lawyer Meynardo Carreon said the victim's parents have resorted to seeking help from the public because they are disappointed with the local police's efforts to hunt down the suspect. —report from Vonne Aquino/ALG, GMA News

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