Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday convicted and sentenced a British paedophile to a year and three months in jail for indecent acts against minors in Chbar Ampov district last year.
Bun Chan Heng, the defence lawyer for Stephen John Loryman, 57, yesterday noted that the court suspended three months of his client’s sentence.
He said Mr Loryman, who taught English at a private school, was arrested in November at his rental apartment in the district for paying money to the parents of young boys to let them stay with him.
Mr Chan Heng noted that his client was convicted of committing indecent acts against minors.
“The Council of Judges sentenced him to 15 months in jail but three months were suspended,” he said. “I have no further comment because it is the discretion of the judges.”
Action Pour les Enfants in a statement yesterday said Mr Loryman’s actions were brought to its attention in September last year, when it received a tip-off from two confidential sources about child abuse in Mr Loryman’s rental apartment.
It said Aple started cooperating with the Cambodian National Police to investigate the alleged abuse.
“Mr Loryman was also ordered to pay a compensation of approximately $1,500 to two child victims and was fined $750,” Khoem Vando, a child protection specialist at Aple, said in the statement. “The offender was also banned from Cambodia for three years after he completes his jail term.”
Mr Loryman was arrested by the Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police. Six children, aged between nine and 13 years, were rescued from his rental house and five of them confirmed that they had been sexually abused.
Mr Vando noted that Mr Loryman had rented the apartment and brought several street boys to stay with him.
He said the Briton taught the boys English, fed them, supported their school fees and allowed them to play in his apartment, gaining their trust before abusing them.