American dad indicted in abduction of 3 kids to The Philippines

Source: Delaware online


December 16, 2011

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Delaware man on charges he abducted his three children six years ago to obstruct the parental custody rights of their mother.

Benjamin John Soliman Defensor 3rd, 39, was charged with international parental kidnapping for taking his three children to the Philippines in May 2005.

Defensor is believed to still be living in the Philippines with the children, the oldest of whom is now over 18 years old.

“Individuals who illegally remove children from the United States to thwart a parent’s legal custody rights are in violation of federal law,” said Charles Oberly III, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware.

If returned to the United States, Defensor could receive up to three years in prison on each of the three counts.

FBI Assistant Special Agent Leo Taddeo, of the Baltimore Division, said the indictment and arrest warrant is a special step toward returning Defensor to this country to face charges.

In a statement, Taddeo said that the FBI will continue working with Interpol and its international partners on the case.

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