Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a suspected American paedophile who allegedly raped five underage Cambodian girls in the capital.
Colonel Keo Thea, municipal anti-human trafficking department chief, identified the accused as Pope Danny Lee, 60.
He said that Mr Pope was charged with rape with aggravating circumstances and also purchase of child prostitution and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted. He is now in prison pending trial.
“He was a foreigner who committed sexual abuse on our Cambodian underage girls since 2007,” Col Thea said. “He was arrested on Saturday by our municipal anti-human trafficking police after he brought an underage girl from her home in Sen Sok district to rape her at a massage shop in Kakab 2 commune.”
Col Thea noted that Mr Pope was arrested at about 3 pm at the Srey Neang 871 Massage Shop in the commune’s Kbal Damrey 2 village.
He said that police arrested the accused following a complaint on Friday by the mother of a victim that Mr Pope had taken her daughter to be with him.
Col Thea said that after receiving the complaint police searched for the accused and later found him staying with the victim at the massage shop.
He added that after his arrest, police rescued five underage girls who were staying with him.
Col Thea said the five girls told police that they all had sex with Mr Pope.
He added that the five victims had been sent to the municipal rehabilitation centre.