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Man charged with rape of minor

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The accused. Kampuchea Thmey

Kampong Speu Provincial Court yesterday charged and jailed the deputy director of an orphanage centre in Kong Pisey district for allegedly raping an underage girl in the orphanage.

Colonel Sin Sophen, chief of the provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Department, identified the accused as Phoeun Soth, 43, who is the deputy director of the Organisation of Children Care by Love based in Kong Pisey district, and living in Prey Vihear commune in Kampong Speu province’s Kong Pisey district.

Col Sophen said that Mr Soth was charged with rape with aggravating circumstances and faces between seven to 15 years in jail.

Col Sophen noted that Mr Soth was arrested by provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police on Monday at his home in Prey Vihear commune. He was arrested after he allegedly raped an orphanage girl who was his student on Friday night.

Col Sophen added that Mr Soth is currently in pre-trial detention.

Captain Chan Sochea, a penal police officer with Kong Pisey district police, yesterday said that Mr Soth was also a teacher at the centre, where about 30 children were staying. He added that the suspect would often stay at the centre after teaching.

Cap Sochea noted that at about 10.30pm on Saturday, Mr Soth called the victim, who was a 13-year-old girl, to meet him in his room. After the victim entered the room, he closed the door and held her down, he added.

“When the victim entered the room, he sexually abused her and raped her,” Cap Sochea said. “After raping her, he gave her some money and told her not to tell her grandmother or anyone else.”

Cap Sochea said that the next morning, the victim was feeling pain from the rape and decided to walk to her grandmother’s house located in Prey Vihear commune.

Cap Sochea said the victim’s grandmother became suspicious after seeing blood on her thighs and interrogated her until she told the truth.

He added that the grandmother became very angry and took her to the commune police to file a complaint against the accused on Sunday, which led to his arrest on the next day.

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