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Caregiver accused in Manhattan Beach child sexual abuse case believed to be in Philippines

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released photos on Wednesday of a man who fled the United States to the Philippines in 2015 after two children accused the caretaker of harassing them at their Manhattan Beach home.

Federal prosecutors are hoping the public will help them find Edgardo Feralin Dormido Jr., 48, who was charged with five counts of child molestation in the Los Angeles County Supreme Court in October 2015 — three months after two 9-year-old girls told their mothers that Dormido had touched them inappropriately on numerous occasions over the course of more than a year, prosecutors said.

Dormido had worked as a caretaker for the family and had fled the country just days after the girls’ mother fired him.

According to the two girls, he rubbed their breasts and genitals in the hallways of the home, in the bathroom and even in a treehouse the family owned, according to a federal complaint filed last year.

“Whatever you want to do to me…I accept it…this is the biggest mistake I have done to you, I beg you not to end my life or kill me,” Dormido wrote in a text message to the girls. mother on July 11, 2015, the day he was fired. “If you want to send me to prison, I accept….I’m sorry…I’m a sinner to be punished.”

Dormido left the US just two days later, flying first to Taiwan and from there to the Philippines, according to federal agents.

Nearly seven years after Dormido was indicted in LA Superior Court, he was federally charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

But federal prosecutors have been unable to find him in the Philippines, though they believe he works as a janitor at Bago City College in Bago City. According to authorities, he is estimated to be 5 feet 8 inches tall and weigh 130 pounds, has brown eyes and black hair.

The FBI said it released the photos in the hope that the public can help locate Dormido in the Philippines.

“The trail has gone cold and we hope someone knows where he is,” said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles office.