An Ohio priest who is accused of sexually assaulting at least 10 boys and threatening them to stay silent was arrested in the Philippines, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
Father Kenneth B. Hendricks, 77, a U.S. citizen, has been charged with engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, a federal U.S. crime punishable by up to 30 years, authorities said Thursday.
The Philippines is also charging Hendricks, who was arrested Tuesday and is currently jailed in Manila, U.S. authorities said.
“Our reach in this case is global,” said Ben Glassman, U.S attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. ” If someone commits a crime with any connection to Southern District of Ohio, we can work with other agents for a global reach.”
Hendricks has been in the Philippines working as a missionary priest and traveling back to the U.S. annually, authorities said..
The U.S. investigation began when American authorities were alerted in November to allegations by two victims, Glassman said at a press conference Thursday.
Investigators have since identified 10 victims, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Steve Francis said.
One unnamed victim told authorities that Hendricks had been assaulting him for almost a decade, since he was 12.