Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a British national for having sex with four Cambodian boys in the capital.
Investigation Judge Than Leng identified the accused as Stephen John Loryman, 57, who teaches English at a private school and lives in a rental house in Chbar Ampov district.
He said Mr Loryman was arrested on November 25 and was charged with purchasing child prostitution; he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Captain Seng Sophath, an anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department officer, said the accused came to Cambodia as a tourist last year and teaches English.
He said that Mr Loryman often persuaded boys from poor families living in Chbar Ampov district to follow him to visit his rental house in Nirot commune by offering them food, money or clothes.
Cap Sopath said that on November 11, anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police saw the accused taking five boys by tuk-tuk to have a meal in a market on Koh Pich before taking them sightseeing in the area.
He noted that police then started monitoring Mr Loryman’s activities.
Cap Sopath said that at about 9am on November 25, the accused brought four Cambodian boys to visit his rental house in order to have sex with them.
He said police raided the house and arrested him red-handed while he was having sex with one of them.
“He was a foreign paedophile who preferred to have sex with Cambodian boys,” Cap Sopath said. “He was arrested after he had sex with a boy inside his rental house.”
He added that after the arrest, police rescued the four boys, aged ten to 14, from the rental house.
Cap Sopath said that after rescuing them, police questioned the boys who said the accused paid them between $5 to $10 each to have sex with him.
Mr Loryman is now in prison pending trial.