Kampong Thom province’s Stoung district police on Sunday arrested a man suspected of raping his underage stepdaughter in their house in Chamkar Loeu commune.
Major Yeng Sameth, deputy district police chief, identified the suspect as Sem Chak, a 27-year-old soldier living in Srong village in Chamnar Loeu commune. He added that the victim was his 13-year-old stepdaughter who lived in the same house.
Maj Sameth said Mr Chak last year unofficially married a 36-year-old widow who had three children from a previous marriage.
He noted that between March and July, Mr Chak raped the victim five times when his wife was not at home. He said that after each time it happened, the suspect would always tell the victim not to tell anyone and threatened to kill her if she did.
Maj Sameth noted that the suspect attempted to rape the victim again on Sunday, when her mother was not at home.
“While he was holding down the victim and attempted to rape her, his wife arrived home and saw them. She then stopped him,” he added. “The wife got angry at him, but he said that he was merely playing with his stepdaughter and kissed her.”
Maj Sameth said that the wife became suspicious of her husband and interrogated her daughter, who then told her the truth. The wife grew angry and filed a complaint to the commune police, which led to Mr Chak’s arrest on Sunday.
Maj Sameth added the suspect admitted committing the offence, saying that he had raped her five times.
Colonel Yorng Sam, chief of Stoung district police, yesterday confirmed that Mr Chak is accused of rape with aggravating circumstances and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.