Anti-human trafficking police on Sunday arrested a foreign national wanted by US authorities over child sex abuse in California.
Police cooperated with the US embassy to apprehend 55-year-old Karl Von Boenninghausen in Daun Penh district in Phnom Penh.
“We arrested him based on a court’s warrant from the US state of California that stated that [Mr Boenninghausen] allegedly committed child sexual abuse in Los Angeles,” Colonel Lao Lin, chief of the anti-human trafficking police’s juvenile protection bureau, said today. “Police officers arrested him at the Happy Guesthouse in Daun Penh district. The arrest was coordinated by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor.”
Col Lin said that Mr Boenninghausen is now held at the Interior Ministry in order to be questioned.
“We are investigating and continuing the procedure on this case,” he said.
Lieutenant General Chiv Phally, director of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department of Ministry of Interior, said the US national is suspected of committing crimes against minors in the US in 2014 and 2016.
“The US embassy in Cambodia requested General Neth Savoeun, commissioner of the National Police, on August 20 to locate the suspect,” Lt Gen Phally said, adding that the suspect will be sent to the General Department of Immigration.
“We will send him to the General Department of Immigration next,” he said. “He will be deported to the USA soon because the crimes were committed in the USA.”