Battambang Provincial Court yesterday charged a 65-year-old widower over the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Mong Russey district last month.
Major General Cheth Vanny, provincial deputy police chief, identified the suspect as Pen Sary, a farmer living in the district’s Ta Loas commune.
He said Mr Sary was charged with purchase of child prostitution and faces up to seven years in jail if convicted.
The suspect was arrested on Saturday by provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department police and is in prison pending trial.
Major Khun Ra, district deputy police chief, yesterday said that on February 25, Mr Sary persuaded the victim, who lived in the same village, to visit his house.
He said that after the girl followed him home he caught her and raped her.
“After the rape he paid her about $1.20 and threatened to kill her if she told her parents or anyone else,” Maj Ra said.
He said that on March 7, Mr Sary brought the victim to his house to have sex again and also paid her $1.20.
Maj Ra said that on Friday the suspect also had sex and paid the child but this time the victim’s mother saw her leaving Mr Sary’s house and questioned her.
The mother immediately filed a complaint with local police.
“He was arrested later on Friday by our district police in accordance with the complaint filed by the victim’s mother,” he said.
Maj Ra noted that during his interrogation, Mr Sary admitted committing the offence but said that the victim had volunteered to have sex with him.
He said that the suspect confessed that before his arrest, he had sex with the victim on three occasions in his house.