Phnom Penh – On Friday, August 09th of 2019, The Phnom Penh Municipal Court pronounced a verdict against U.K. national Mr. Stephen John Loryman, found guilty of “Indecent Act Against a Minor Under 15 Years” under the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.
The man was sentenced to 15 months in jail with a 3 months suspension. Loryman was also ordered to pay a compensation of approximately $1,500 to 2 child victims and a fine of $750. Additionally, the offender was banned from Cambodia for 3 years following his jail term.
Mr. Loryman’s journey to being brought to justice dates back to September 2018, when APLE Cambodia received an initial tip-off from two confidential sources and started cooperating with the Cambodian National Police to investigate the alleged abuse.
On November 27th of 2018, the offender was arrested by the Phnom Penh Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police. Six child victims with ages ranging between 9 and 13 years old were rescued, and five of them confirmed that they had been sexually abused by the 57-year-old man.
The offender had rented an apartment in Phnom Penh and brought several street boys into his room in the apartment, where the alleged sexual abuses took place. He taught them English, fed them, supported their school fees and allowed the boys to play in his apartment, gaining their trust before abusing them.
Mr. Loryman was a teacher at a private school in Phnom Penh, and had been fired from a volunteering position at one organisation due to his suspicious behaviour with children.
“I applaud the order of ‘ban on stay’ by the court. This allows safer space for children in the community. However, stronger collaboration between relevant stakeholders across the country, region and globe is necessarily needed to address child sexual abuse and exploitation in travel and tourism.” said Vando Khoem, APLE’s Child Protection Specialist.