Wanted US pedophile nabbed by BI in Davao

AN American pedophile wanted by authorities in Connecticut for child molestation and engaging in child pornography was arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials in Davao on Thursday.

Jason Eric Keller, 33, was nabbed by immigration agents inside the BI’s district office in Davao City while he was applying for an extension of his stay as a tourist.

BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. disclosed that Keller, who used the alias ‘Eddie Buttered Toast,’ last arrived in the country in February 2017.

‘He is already an undocumented alien at the time of his arrest due to the cancellation of his passport by the State Department,’ Manahan said.

According to Manahan, Keller is temporarily detailed at the holding facility of the BI-Davao pending his deportation.

The said American will be deported immediately as his presence here poses a serious threat to children. Once deported, he will be blacklisted and banned from re-entering the Philippines.

It was learned that the BI already has information about the crimes of Keller and that he was already in the bureau’s watchlist of wanted foreign fugitives prior to his arrest.

Information on Keller said that he had been issued an arrest warrant by a US district court in Connecticut in December last year, after he was charged with enticing a child to engage in sexual activity and receiving child pornographic materials.

In April this year, the US government sought the BI’s help in locating and arresting him which led to his inclusion in the BI watchlist and the filing of deportation charges against him for being an undocumented and undesirable alien.