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Doctor questioned over nurse rape allegations

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused doctor. Koh Santepheap

A doctor at a provincial hospital yesterday was sent to Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court for questioning following his arrest on Tuesday after he allegedly raped a nurse who was working with him.

Brigadier General Ear Bunthoeun, deputy chief of Kampong Chhnang provincial police, identified the suspect as Heng Senghor, a medical doctor working with Kampong Chhnang Provincial Hospital and also the owner of a private clinic in Kampong Chhnang city.

Brig Gen Bunthoeun said the victim was a 25-year-old nurse working with the provincial hospital who was also the suspect’s colleague.

“He was arrested on Tuesday by the provincial penal police after he sexually abused the victim, who was a nurse who worked with him at the hospital on Sunday night,” Brig Gen Bunthoeun said. “He was arrested in accordance with the victim’s complaint.”

Brig Gen Bunthoeun said police also inspected CCTV footages from the hospital, which showed that the suspect touched her, kissed and hugged her from behind. However, he noted that the suspect did not rape her.

Brig Gen Bunthoeun added that based on the suspect’s activities, police are accusing him of indecent assault, which means he faces between one to three years in jail.

“For this case, the suspect is accused by police with indecent assault,” Brig Gen Bunthoeun said. “He was sent to court this [Wednesday] afternoon.”

Captain Suon Sothea, a police officer working with the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police department, said that at about 7pm on Sunday, the suspect and the victim were working together at Kampong Chhnang provincial hospital.

Cap Sothea noted that at about midnight, when the other nurses and patients were sleeping, the victim walked toward the hospital bathroom and the suspect followed her from behind.

“When the victim entered the bathroom, the suspect followed her into the bathroom as well,” Cap Sothea said. “He hugged her from behind, caught her and kissed her.”

“The victim managed to escape and she ran to her room. The suspect then followed her into the room,” he added.

He noted that in her room, the suspect touched her hands and legs. She then fled her room and headed to her friend’s room to escape from the suspect who attempted to rape her, he added.

Cap Sothea said that on the next day, the victim lodged a complaint against the suspect to the provincial penal police, which led to the arrest of the suspect at about 12pm on Tuesday.

He added that during police interrogation, the suspect admitted committing the offence, saying that he loved her. The suspect claimed responsibility and offered to pay $8,000 in compensation to the victim to close the case, which she refused.

Keo Bunrith, a clerk working with Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court, yesterday said that the suspect is currently being questioned at the court.

“The prosecutor is currently questioning him at the court,” he said.

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