Dismissed Army colonel convicted of 3 counts of sexual harassment

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    FOR his inclination to lose his clothes in full view of his female subordinates, a former colonel in the Philippine Army was stripped of his rank, fired from military service, and convicted of three counts of sexual harassment.

    Dismissed Philippine Army Col. Jessie Mario Dosado, former commanding officer of the Philippine Army Procurement Center (PAPC), was sentenced to four months imprisonment for each count of the criminal offense for a total jail sentence of one year.

    The the anti-graft court also imposed a P20,000 fine for each case, on top of paying P5,000 moral damages to the offended parties.

    The case stemmed from complaints filed against him by two junior female officers who testified against him in court, detailing his perversion. The two women said it was Dosado who requested their transfers to be members of his staff at the PAPC.

    The first complainant, a non-commissioned officer, said Dosado forced her to watch him having sex with a female companion on May 16, 2013 inside his office with the door locked.

    At one point, she said the accused even invited her to join them.

    The second victim cited two incidents, the first on October 22, 2013 when Dosado asked that she wipe his back while clad only in shorts. She said when she started complying, he suddenly stripped naked, forcing her to flee his office.

    Later that same day, she said the accused requested that she give him a bath.

    The second incident occurred three days later wherein the defendant asked her to join him in his office where she found him holding his penis and facing her.

    On this occasion, the complainant said Dosado asked, “Day, anong nararamdaman mo Day, nakita mo na nakahubad ako?” and, “Sinong malaki sa amin ng ari ni Dennis?” all the while applying lotion on himself.

    The women took some time to decide on a course of action but finally filed administrative complaints against him before a military tribunal, resulting in Dosado’s dismissal from the service.

    They also filed separate criminal complaints against him before the Office of the Ombudsman, which led to his indictment and eventual conviction.

    Testifying in his own defense, Dosado denied that he committed any impropriety in front of his staff. He said the court should not give credence to the statements of the complainants because these were not corroborated by any other person.

    The court, however, said just like in rape cases where only the parties involved can testify on what transpired, the testimonies of the two complainants were enough to establish his guilt.