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Elderly American pedo given one year

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

Siem Reap Provincial Court sentenced a 79-year-old American man and his Cambodian accomplice to one year in jail and 18 months in jail respectively for having sex with a 10-year-old boy.

According to child-protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, the verdict was delivered on Wednesday. The American was identified as John Paul Zollbrecht and his accomplice was named as Nheb Sophorn, 23.

In February, provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police arrested the American over suspicions of him sexually abusing the boy while Mr Sophorn, who was allegedly facilitating the relationship, was arrested the same day.

Mr Zollbrecht was known to have travelled to Siem Reap city a couple of times prior to his arrest and began to contact his victim through the community education project he managed in a village located in Sra Nge commune.

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