Cambodian Boy Discloses Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by U.S. Citizen; Offender Charged.

Siem Reap: On 18th of July, 2019, the Siem Reap provincial court charged a U.S. Citizen from Massachusetts, aged 56, with the alleged acts of purchasing child prostitution, child pornography and rape under the law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.

Following disclosure of sexual abuse by a 16 year-old boy, The Siem Reap Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police requested the United States national be brought to the police headquarters for interrogation. The suspect was extracted from his rented house in Sala Kanseng village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap city/province.

The police commenced the investigation immediately after APLE reported the possible crime. APLE received preliminary information from an NGO representative who obtained the concern from a community member. According to the police, it was ascertained during the investigation that the suspect was living with a Cambodian male adult who confirmed that the two were in a romantic relationship.

With approval from the court, the police conducted a premise search and found a number of possibly incriminating items: mobile phones, vibrators, viagra tables and Vaselin. The police confiscated these items for evidential purposes.

During the initial search of the two mobile phones, investigators found naked photographs of boys, including photographs of the child who disclosed the sexual abuse. The police is to continue the investigation with assistance from experts to collect further evidence from the mobile phones.

This arrest marks the 12th arrest of child sex offenders in cases initiated by APLE during these seven months into 2019. The victims are under the legal mentoring and support of APLE’s Court Support Program and under the care of specialized partner service-providers for emotional recovery.

APLE Cambodia and its partner organizations will continue to assess and work with the victim to provide the best supports in order for him to be able to overcome any emotional difficulties and other needs. APLE will provide legal aid services to the boy

and his family shall they request so during their participation in the legal justice seeking process.

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