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American and Cambodian guilty of child sex

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American John Paul Zollbrecht, who was convicted of having sex with an underage boy. Koonkhmer

The Siem Reap Provincial Court last week sentenced a 79-year-old American man and his Cambodian accomplice to one year in jail and to one-and-a-half years in jail respectively for having sex with a 10-year-old boy.

According to an Action Pour Les Enfants (Aple) statement, on January 17, 2018, the Siem Reap provincial court sentenced John Paul Zollbrecht, 79, to one year in jail and his Cambodian accomplice, Nheb Sophorn, 23, to one-and-a-half years in jail for having sex with a 10-year-old boy.

In February 2017, Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police in Siem Reap arrested the American on suspicion of the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old boy, while his Cambodian friend who had allegedly helped in the crime was also arrested.

Although both offenders were found guilty, the victim’s family who also attended the court hearing expressed their dissatisfaction with the verdict and asked to appeal the sentencing.

Aple will continue to work with the family and provide ongoing support to the boy during his rehabilitation process.

Full story in Monday’s paper.

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