Rodymar Lelis, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines (arrested Apr 2018) [molestation of student, 14]

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    Appears he somehow found his way to Espanola, New Mexico, where he was busted for emailing child porn from an Albuquerque hotel room: This is really "passing the trash" -- halfway around the world!

    You really have to wonder what kind of background checks La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences and their recruiters do. A simple Google search on his name turns up his Philippine history.


    Outcome of the April, 2018, arrest according to the Debu Daily News: In 2018, Lelis was also arrested during the Palarong Pambansa in Ilocos Sur after he was accused of making unwanted sexual advances towards a 14-year-old male athlete from Olongapo City. According to Narbuada, the case was dismissed later that year after the parents of the child failed to attend the court hearings.


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    Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, mugshot in April 2018

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    New Mexico, U.S.A., mugshot in November, 2019

    Busted April, 2018:

    Rodymar Pedrano Lelis, 28, special education teacher, Zapatera Elementary School, Department of Education, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, arrested in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, "allegedly molesting a 14-year-old student-athlete"​

    Busted November, 2019:

    Rodymar Pedrano Lelis, 29, elementary school teacher, La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences, Espanola, New Mexico, "sending child pornography over Facebook Messenger" from an Albuquerque hotel room​

    A Cebu City public school teacher was arrested Tuesday night in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old student-athlete. The teacher, (whose name is being withheld) works at the Zapatera Elementary School Special Education (Sped) class, and resident of Baragay T. Padilla, Cebu City, allegedly embraced and attempted to kiss the boy, a dance sport athlete in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa national athletics meet, while inside the rest room at the NSCC Plaza in Barangay Don Elejandro Quirolgico, in the said town. NSCC Plaza is the venue for the dance sport competition. According to Caoayan Police chief Senior Inspector ...


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    http://sunstar.com.ph/article/15051...in-Ilocos-Sur-over-sex-harassment-allegations


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    Rodymar Pedrano Lelis, Rodymar Pedrano, Zapatera Elementary School, Department of Education, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences, Espanola, New Mexico, Albuquerque
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    Cebu teacher nabbed for allegedly molesting Palaro athlete

    18 April 2018


    A 28-year-old public school teacher from Cebu City was arrested after getting accused of molesting a 14-year-old male dance sport athlete. Senior Inspector Frederico Artates, Caoayan town police chief, said suspect Rodymar Lelis, 28, had been brought to a Vigan court for inquest due to "acts of lasciviousness." Lelis is a special education (SPED) teacher in Zapatera Elementary School in Cebu City. Artates said the police station received a spot report from a police on field that a Palaro athlete accused Lelis of inappropriate behavior. Initial investigations showed the minor victim and his teammate from Olongapo City were inside a ...


    https://www.rappler.com/sports/spec...nabbed-for-allegedly-molesting-palaro-athlete
     
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    Male teacher arrested for acts of lasciviousness over male ‘palaro’ athlete

    A male teacher was arrested on Tuesday in Ilocos Sur after a male teen Palarong Pambansa 2018 athlete complained of being harassed. Rodymar Lelis, 28, an elementary school teacher from Cebu City is now detained at a police station in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur. Lelis was apprehended at the venue of the dance sports competition after the 14-year-old told the authorities. Based on police investigation, the suspect went inside the shower room where the victim was and hugged and tried to kiss him. The teacher reportedly also asked the athlete: “How much.” The victim did not hesitate to tell the officials ...


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    http://kickerdaily.com/posts/2018/0...s-of-lasciviousness-over-male-palaro-athlete/
     
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    DepEd probes teacher who allegedly molested Palaro athlete

    The Department of Education (DepEd) said it has ordered the investigation of the Cebu City teacher who allegedly molested a 14-year-old athlete in the Palarong Pambansa 2018 in this province. In a statement on Friday, April 20, Secretary Leonor Briones said sexual predators and violators of children's rights are not welcome in the DepEd. Briones' statement came after Rodymar Lelis, a special education teacher of Zapatera Elementary School, was arrested by police in Caoayan town in Ilocos Sur after a 14-year-old dance sport athlete complained of being "sexually-harassed" by Lelis. Lelis had been subjected to inquest in a Vigan City ...


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    https://www.rappler.com/sports/spec...teacher-who-allegedly-molested-palaro-athlete
     
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    Espanola teacher accused of sending child porn over Facebook Messenger

    An elementary school teacher in Espanola is accused of sending child pornography over Facebook Messenger. Rodymar Lelis, 29, allegedly sent the video while staying at an Albuquerque hotel in September. Later that month, Lelis, who's from the Philippines, started teaching the 5th and 6th grade class at La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences. Following a two-month investigation, authorities arrested Lelis on Nov. 5. The school sent a letter to parents that said it doesn’t have “any evidence of or allegations that any students at LTMAS or anywhere else in the Espanola Valley are involved in this investigation, ...


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    https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-new...g-child-porn-over-facebook-messenger/5547019/
     
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    More background on the Philippine arrest in April, 2018:


    The Freeman

    17 April 2018


    A Cebu City teacher was arrested for alleged acts of lasciviousness against a 14-year-old Palaro athlete in a plaza in Barangay Don Alejandro Quirolgico, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur. Initial investigation showed the victim, a student from Olongapo City, and a 15-year-old companion went to the plaza's comfort room around 8:30 p.m. yesterday. While they were inside, Rodymar Lelis, 28, a teacher of Zapatera Elementary School and a resident of Tejero, Cebu City, allegedly entered, hugged the victim, attempted to kiss him and even asked how much his price was. The suspect also reportedly took photos of the victim and his companion. ...


    https://www.facebook.com/thefreeman...cts-of-lasciviousness-again/1936044939795863/




    FIRE THE TEACHER

    18 April 2018


    Tomas asks DepEd: Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to immediately terminate the services of a Cebu City public school teacher who was accused of making sexual advances on a 14-year-old athlete during the Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. “We owe the parents who entrust their children to us. DECS (DepEd) should really get rid of this teacher immediately. Transfer them to Tawi-Tawi or Marawi,” said Osmeña. Osmeña said that although abuses against minors have been very rampant, tolerating culprits of abuses, especially involving children, should not be part of the option. “This happens ...


    Indecent proposal: According to the testimony of the victim, he was molested by Lelis in Caoayan town, which served as one of the venues of the sports meet, on the evening of April 17. In his statement in the police spot report, the victim said that Lelis kissed his neck and shoulder and forcibly hugged him inside a comfort room at the venue. He added that the suspect offered him money to have sex with him. The victim, who is from Olongapo City and a participant of the dancesport event, ran to his coach and parents to seek for help. ...


    Face the music: DepEd Director in Central Visayas Dr. Juliet Jeruta immediately clarified that Lelis was not part of the Region 7 delegation to the week-long sports meet and that he was only in Vigan as a mere spectator. Jeruta said that Lelis can be stripped of his teacher’s license and face other legal consequences for his actions. “He is not part of the delegation, neither as a coach or a chaperon. He just came here to watch Palarong Pambansa. We did not even let him stay at our billeting quarters because we are running out of space,” said Jeruta. ...


    https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/171504/fire-the-teacher



    Cebu City public school teacher nabbed in Ilocos Sur

    19 April 2018


    A Cebu City public school teacher was arrested Tuesday night in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old student-athlete. The teacher, (whose name is being withheld) works at the Zapatera Elementary School Special Education (Sped) class, and resident of Baragay T. Padilla, Cebu City, allegedly embraced and attempted to kiss the boy, a dance sport athlete in the ongoing Palarong Pambansa national athletics meet, while inside the rest room at the NSCC Plaza in Barangay Don Elejandro Quirolgico, in the said town. NSCC Plaza is the venue for the dance sport competition. According to Caoayan Police chief Senior Inspector ...


    https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/429026




    Briones issues warning vs sexual predators

    20 April 2018


    Education Secretary Leonor Briones issued a stern warning against sexual molesters that they have no place in any learning places and events. In a statement, Briones said: “behaviors that endanger the physical and mental well-being of our learners are not tolerated in the department.” Briones warning came after the arrest of a Cebu City public school teacher who was accused of making sexual advances to a student-athlete at the 2018 Palarong Pambansa in Ilocos Sur. Briones stressed that teachers, school administrators, and non-teaching personnel should “perform functions and conduct themselves, in and outside the classroom, with the responsibility of protecting ...


    https://newsline.ph/top-stories/2018/04/20/briones-issues-warning-vs-sexual-predators/




    DepEd probes teacher who allegedly molested Palaro athlete

    20 April 2018


    The Department of Education (DepEd) said it has ordered the investigation of the Cebu City teacher who allegedly molested a 14-year-old athlete in the Palarong Pambansa 2018 in this province. In a statement on Friday, April 20, Secretary Leonor Briones said sexual predators and violators of children’s rights are not welcome in the DepEd. Briones’ statement came after Rodymar Lelis, a special education teacher of Zapatera Elementary School, was arrested by police in Caoayan town in Ilocos Sur after a 14-year-old dance sport athlete complained of being “sexually-harassed” by Lelis. Lelis had been subjected to inquest in a Vigan City ...


    https://jip.ph/deped-probes-teacher-who-allegedly-molested-palaro-athlete/
     
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    From Mabuhay Web, Rodymar Pedrano Lelis was listed as #5600 out of 10,243 when he passed his teacher licensing exam in 2011:

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    Press release:

    11/07/2019

    ICE HSI special agents arrest NM teacher on child pornography charges

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A citizen of the Philippines, who taught at a school in Española, New Mexico, appeared in federal court Wednesday charged with possessing child pornography.

    This case is being investigated by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    The criminal complaint accuses Rodymar Pedrano Lelis, 29, of accessing videos containing child pornography from his room in a local hotel Sept. 7, 2019. HSI special agents arrested Lelis in Española.

    “Child exploitation is a heinous crime, and these investigations are one of HSI’s highest priorities,” said Jack P. Staton, special agent in charge of HSI El Paso. “We plan to continue working with our federal, state and local partners to identify, arrest and prosecute child predators to hold them accountable for their reprehensible crimes.”

    Lelis is lawfully present in the United States on a J-1 non-immigrant visa for foreign nationals involved in cultural and educational exchange opportunities. He was employed at La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences on the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.

    A detention hearing is set for Nov. 8 in federal court. If convicted of the charged offense, Lelis faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.

    HSI special agents, assigned to the Albuquerque office, conducted an investigation with assistance from HSI Manila and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Mease is prosecuting this case.

    A criminal complaint is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 19,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child exploitation material, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2018, more than 3,000 (3,191) child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 850 (859) victims identified or rescued.

    HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

    Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

    For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.
     
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    Cebu public school teacher arrested in 2018, jailed again in US for child pornography

    11 November 2019


    A public school teacher arrested in 2018 for molesting a 14-year-old athlete during the Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, was jailed again in New Mexico, the United States for child pornography. Authorities caught Rodymar Lelis, 29, a former teacher at the Zapatera Integrated School in Barangay Zapatera in Cebu City, for alleged possession and sharing of pornographic videos of children. If the teacher were found guilty of child pornography, Lelis would face 20-year jail time in Federal prison. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) said Lelis was charged before the federal court on Wednesday, November ...


    https://philippineslifestyle.com/ce...018-jailed-again-in-us-for-child-pornography/
     
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    Teacher from Cebu arrested in 2018 jailed again in US for child porn

    11 November 2019


    Remember the Cebu City public school teacher who was arrested for allegedly making sexual advances on a 14-year-old athlete during the Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur in April 2018? Well, he is behind bars again, this time in New Mexico in the United States. Rodymar Lelis, 29, a former teacher at the Zapatera Integrated School in Barangay Zapatera in Cebu City, was jailed for alleged possession and sharing of pornographic videos of children. According to a news release of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Lelis is facing a criminal complaint for “accessing videos ...


    https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/...ted-in-2018-jailed-again-in-us-for-child-porn
     
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    Cebuano teacher arrested in United States for allegedly possessing child porn videos

    11 November 2019


    A teacher from Cebu City who was previously accused of molesting a Filipino teenager was arrested in U.S. state of New Mexico early last week for allegedly possessing child pornography. Rodymar Pedrano Lelis, 29, allegedly accessed the pornographic videos from an Albuquerque hotel room sometime in September, a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. After accessing these videos, Lelis allegedly sent them to someone through Facebook Messenger. Lelis started teaching elementary school students a few weeks later at the La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences (LTMAS) in the nearby city of Española, local television station ...


    https://coconuts.co/manila/news/ceb...s-for-allegedly-possessing-child-porn-videos/
     
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    Via Pacer:

    Case Summary:

    1:19-mj-03990-JFR All Defendants USA v. Lelis
    Date filed: 11/06/2019
    Date of last filing: 11/08/2019

    Rodymar Lelis (1)
    Office:
    Albuquerque Filed: 11/06/2019
    County: Bernalillo Terminated: Reopened:
    Other Court Case:
    None

    Complaint Citation: Offense Level: 4
    18:2252A(a)(5)(B): Possession and/or Access with Intent to View Child Pornography
    Defendant Custody Status: Custody

    Defendant: Rodymar Lelis represented by Alejandro Benito Fernandez(Designation Public Defender or Community Defender Appointment)
    Phone:505-346-2489
    Fax:505-346-2494
    Email:alejandro_fernandez@fd.org
    Plaintiff: USA represented by Sarah Jane Mease(Designation Retained)
    Phone:505-224-1406
    Email:sarah.mease@usdoj.gov


    Docket:

    Case Filed:Nov 06, 2019
    • Docket
    • Parties (2)
    Docket last updated: 11/08/2019 1:32 AM MST
    Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    Arrest of Rodymar Lelis (nm)
    1 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Rodymar Lelis: Initial Appearance set for 11/6/2019 at 09:30 AM in Albuquerque - 320 Rio Grande Courtroom before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar. (cl) [THIS IS A TEXT-ONLY ENTRY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED.]
    2 COMPLAINT as to Rodymar Lelis (1). (nm)
    4 Arrest Warrant Returned Executed on 11/5/2019 as to Rodymar Lelis. (nm)
    5 ORDER APPOINTING FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER Alejandro Benito Fernandez for Rodymar Lelis by Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar (cl) [THIS IS A TEXT-ONLY ENTRY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED.]
    6 Clerk's Minutes for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar: Initial Appearance as to Rodymar Lelis held; Preliminary/Detention Hearing set for 11/7/2019 at 09:30 AM in Albuquerque - 320 Rio Grande Courtroom before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar. Related [+] (khs)
    7 ORAL ORDER of Temporary Detention Pending Hearing as to Rodymar Lelis by Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar (khs) [THIS IS A TEXT-ONLY ENTRY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED.]
    New Mexico District Court
    Case #: 1:19-mj-03990
     
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    Via Pacer:

    U.S. District Court
    District of New Mexico - Version 6.2.3 (Albuquerque)
    CRIMINAL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:19-mj-03990-JFR-1


    Case title: USA v. Lelis
    Date Filed: 11/06/2019
    Assigned to: Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar

    Defendant (1)
    Rodymar Lelis
    represented byAlejandro Benito Fernandez
    Federal Public Defender
    District of New Mexico
    111 Lomas Blvd., N.W.
    Suite 501
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    505-346-2489
    Fax: 505-346-2494
    Email: alejandro_fernandez@fd.org
    LEAD ATTORNEY
    ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
    Designation: Public Defender or Community Defender Appointment

    Pending Counts
    Disposition
    None

    Highest Offense Level (Opening)
    None

    Terminated Counts
    Disposition
    None

    Highest Offense Level (Terminated)
    None

    Complaints
    Disposition
    18:2252A(a)(5)(B): Possession and/or Access with Intent to View Child Pornography

    Plaintiff
    USA
    represented bySarah Jane Mease
    United States Attorney's Office
    201 3rd Street NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    505-224-1406
    Email: sarah.mease@usdoj.gov
    LEAD ATTORNEY
    ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
    Designation: Retained

    Date Filed #Docket Text
    11/06/20191 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Rodymar Lelis: Initial Appearance set for 11/6/2019 at 09:30 AM in Albuquerque - 320 Rio Grande Courtroom before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar. (cl)
    [THIS IS A TEXT-ONLY ENTRY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED.] (Entered: 11/06/2019)
    11/06/20192 COMPLAINT as to Rodymar Lelis (1). (nm) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
    11/06/2019 Arrest of Rodymar Lelis (nm) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
    11/06/20194 Arrest Warrant Returned Executed on 11/5/2019 as to Rodymar Lelis. (nm) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
    11/06/20195 ORDER APPOINTING FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER Alejandro Benito Fernandez for Rodymar Lelis by Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar (cl)
    [THIS IS A TEXT-ONLY ENTRY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED.] (Entered: 11/06/2019)
    11/06/20196 Clerk's Minutes for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar: Initial Appearance as to Rodymar Lelis held; Preliminary/Detention Hearing set for 11/7/2019 at 09:30 AM in Albuquerque - 320 Rio Grande Courtroom before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar. (Recording Info: Liberty-Rio Grande) (khs) (Entered: 11/06/2019)
    11/06/20197 ORAL ORDER of Temporary Detention Pending Hearing as to Rodymar Lelis by Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar (khs)
    [THIS IS A TEXT-ONLY ENTRY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED.] (Entered: 11/06/2019)
    11/07/20199 Clerk's Minutes for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar: Preliminary/Detention Hearing NOT HELD as to Rodymar Lelis; Defense requested defendant be interviewed by USPP Office; request granted. Preliminary/Detention Hearing RESET for 11/8/2019 at 09:30 AM in Albuquerque - 320 Rio Grande Courtroom before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar. (Recording Info: Liberty-Rio Grande @ 9:49 a.m.) (khs)
    [THIS IS A TEXT-ONLY ENTRY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED.] (Entered: 11/07/2019)
    11/08/201910 Clerk's Minutes for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar: Preliminary/Detention Hearing as to Rodymar Lelis held; Defendant remanded to the custody of the USMS. (Recording Info: Liberty-Rio Grande) (khs) (Entered: 11/08/2019)
    11/08/201911 ORDER OF DETENTION Pending Trial as to Rodymar Lelis by Magistrate Judge John F. Robbenhaar (khs) (Entered: 11/08/2019)
    11/08/2019 U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services added as interested party.(Galaz, Anthony) (Entered: 11/08/2019)
     
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