Police in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district yesterday arrested the deputy director of a private English language school who allegedly raped an underage student on three occasions.
Second Lieutenant Mak Pheng, a penal police officer in the district’s Kraing Pongror commune, identified the suspect as Chin Makara, 26, who is also an English teacher at the Pheasarsastr School in the commune.
He said that the suspect was arrested at his rental house in Chom Chao commune following a complaint from the 14-year-old victim’s mother.
Sec Lt Pheng said that according to the victim and police investigations, Mr Makara at about 5.30 pm on December 20 persuaded the victim to ride on a motorbike with him to visit a park in Chom Chao commune.
He said that after the victim agreed to go with him, the suspect took her to the Phnom Meas Guesthouse in the commune where he raped her.
He said Mr Makara then gave the victim some money and told her not to tell anyone.
Sec Lt Pheng said that at about 12.30 pm on December 24, after other students had left school, Mr Makara persuaded the victim to arrange books and other learning materials in his office in the school where he raped her again.
“When the victim was working in his room with the door closed, the suspect molested and raped her,” he said. “After the rape, he again gave her some money and told her not to tell her parents or anyone else.”
Sec Lt Pheng said that on Saturday at about 4.30 pm, Mr Makara also took the victim to the Phnom Meas Guesthouse and raped her before giving her money again.
He noted that when the victim returned home, she stayed in her room and did not come out to have dinner.
Sec Lt Pheng said her 40-year-old mother questioned her and she told her about the rapes.
He said the mother lodged a complaint against Mr Makara to commune police who arrested him at about 9am yesterday.
Sec Lt Pheng said that during his interrogation, Mr Makara denied raping the victim and claimed she was his girlfriend who consented to have sex with him.
Captain Ly Socheath, a district penal police officer, yesterday said the suspect is still being questioned.
He said Mr Makara is accused of rape with aggravating circumstances and faces up to seven years in jail if convicted.
Cap Socheath added that the suspect will be sent to the municipal court today.