Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 33-year-old Chinese national over the rape of a minor in Sen Sok district.
Investigating Judge Duch Soksarin identified the accused as Chiv Chang Y, a 33-year-old construction worker from China living in a rental house in Sen Sok district’s Toeuk Thla commune. The victim was identified as a 14-year-old girl living in the same commune.
Mr Chang Y was charged with sex with a minor and faces between five and ten years in prison after the victim’s mother filed a complaint. The accused was arrested last Friday in his house and is currently in pre-trial detention.
Captain Ly Socheath, a penal police officer with Sen Sok district police, said Mr Chang Y first contacted the victim on Facebook in April and communicated with her using English and Chinese. The two became friends and continued to talk to each other online as well as on the phone.
Cap Socheath said that at about 12pm last Friday, Mr Chang Y invited the victim to meet at a guesthouse in Toeuk Thla commune. She agreed to meet with him at his chosen location.
“After the victim entered the room, he held her down and raped her,” Cap Socheath said. “Afterwards, he promised that he would marry her and bring her to live with him in China. He told her not to tell her parents of the rape.”
Cap Socheath noted that the victim later went home and reported the rape to her mother. The victim’s mother became angry and brought her daughter to the commune police post to file a complaint against the perpetrator and asked police to punish him in accordance with the law.
Cap Socheath added that Mr Chang Y was arrested later that day in accordance with the complaint.