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NO FACE. Sextortion suspect Renan Villanueva Ranile conceals his identity with a towel inside a detention cell at the Maharlika police headquarters in Carmen on Friday, the day he was charged before the prosecutor’s office with violation of the anti-cyber crime and other laws for allegedly soliciting sexual favors from a freelance model in exchange for keeping her nude photos from going public. (PHOTO BY NITZ ARANCON)

Sextortion suspect faces three cases


POLICE pressed cybercrime, attempted rape, and voyeurism charges against the man arrested for allegedly trying to force a freelance model into sleeping with him using her nude photos as his bargaining chip.

Camp Alagar’s Anti-Cybercrime Group filed the complaint against Renan Villanueva Ranile of Zone 4, Barangay Iponan, this city, before the City Prosecutor’s Office on Friday. He was brought there the same day for inquest proceedings.

Prosecutor Liezyl Ecol, who is handling the case, has yet to come up with a resolution but the case is expected to be elevated to court this morning if Ecol finds that there is “probable cause” against Ranile.

Inside a detention cell at the Maharlika police headquarters, Ranile declined to comment on the complaint against him. He also covered his face with a towel, refusing to talk to reporters.

Police arrested on Wednesday Ranile inside Room 233 of Middleton Apartelle in Barangay Carmen where he and his alleged would-be victim were.

It was an entrapment, according to Chief Insp. Ignacio Gamba, saying that the woman asked their help because Ranile allegedly threatened to upload her nude photos on the Internet unless she agreed to have sex with him.


About Nitz Arancon

Nitz Arancon
Nitz Arancon started his career in the broadcast media. He worked as a cameraman for a news program of a local TV station, and subsequently became a reporter and later, commentator of the now defunct radio station DxJR.

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