(UPDATE) Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today nabbed an ABS-CBN Star Magic talent for allegedly uploading a sex video of him and his former girlfriend after their relationship ended last year.
Arrested was Arno Udo Fermin Fuch, popularly known as Arno Morales, 20, of Quezon City.
Morales starred as the younger brother of Sarah Geronimo in the Philippine blockbuster movies You Change and A Very Special Love.
"Apparently Mr. Morales has a pending warrant of arrest issued by the Pasig Regional Trial Court for uploading a sex video on the internet," NBI - Technical Intelligence Division chief Atty. Palmer Mallari told reporters in an interview.
He said that the actor was arrested inside his residence in Quezon City at around 8:00 a.m., today.
The investigation conducted by the NBI showed Morales was charged with Violation of Republic Act (RA) 9262 or Violence Against Women and their Children before the sala of Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 162 Presiding Judge Cesar Pabel Sulit last year due to the complaint of his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend.
The girl, according to Palmer, alleged that Morales was responsible for illegally circulating their sex video after she and the actor broke up.
Last February 21, Judge Sulit ordered the arrest of Morales but the police failed to find the actor since the accused had already left its residence at Blueridge, Quezon City.
According to Palmer, the NBI received a tip from an informant that the actor is now residing at Project 6, Quezon City and this prompted them to place the house, in question located in Quezon City, under surveillance for two weeks.
They were also able to trace the origin of the video by looking at its IP address, according to the NBI official.
"Syempre artista kaya medyo mailap siyang makita, so tinrace namin yung location kung saan i-nupload yung sex video using the IP address ," according to Palmer.
Upon confirmation that the actor was residing in the house, Palmer said they applied for a search warrant before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court which was granted by Judge Eleuterio Bathan of Branch 92.
The NBI, armed with a search warrant, quickly swooped down the house of Morales and arrested the actor. Palmer said they were able to seize the laptop and other devices which contained the sex video and nude photos of the 17-year-old girl.
Sought for comment, Wilhelmina Fuchs, mother of Morales, denied that her son was responsible for uploading the sex video of the actor since the BlackBerry phone and iPod Touch of the accused, which contains the controversial sex video, was lost in a party two months ago.
"Hindi gagawin ng anak ko yun kasi magiging kahihiyan din yun ng anak ko lalo na at artista siya. At hindi pa nakatakip yung mukha so makikilala siya kung gagawin niya yun," she said.
Morales, for his part, appealed to the members of the media to not make a big deal out of the sex video scandal.
"Away lang ng mag-girlfriend/boyfriend yun so dont't make a big deal out of it," the actor said.
But Palmer said the evidence gathered by the NBI against Morales will just speak for itself.
"Nasa laptop pa rin niya yung sex video nila nung biktima," Palmer said.
Meanwhile, the NBI is set to file a fresh charge of violation of RA 9995 or Anti-Voyeurism Act against Morales, aside from returning the warrant of arrest of the actor to the Pasig RTC. He is now temporarily detained at the NBI headquarters.