Battambang Provincial Court yesterday charged a 39-year-old primary school teacher over the rape of a 13-year-old girl who was formerly his student in Pich Chenda commune.
Colonel Song Sopheak, Phnom Proek district police chief, identified the accused as Yung Chhart, a teacher at Pich Chenda Primary School.
Col Sopheak said the accused was charged with attempted rape with aggravating circumstances and faces up to seven years behind bars if convicted.
He was arrested on Saturday in accordance with a complaint from the mother of the victim, he noted.
Col Sopheak said the victim studied under the accused at the school in 2016 before moving onto high school.
By mid-2018, the accused and the victim had become friends after chatting many times on Facebook, he noted.
He said that on Thursday afternoon, the accused persuaded the victim to visit his home while his wife and children were not home.
“When the victim entered to meet him at his house, he caught her and kissed her,” he said. “He touched her breasts and genitals.”
“He attempted to rape her, but the victim managed to run away,” he added. “She ran all the way home.”
After arriving home, the victim told her mother what happened, leading to a police report being filed. The accused was then arrested on Saturday.
Colonel Buon Vannara, chief of the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department, said that the accused admitted to his misdeeds while being interrogated by police.
“He confessed that he kissed her, touched her breasts and genitals,” he said. “But he denied that he raped her.”
Col Vannara noted that the accused has been jailed pending his trial.