Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged the deputy director of Veal Sbov Primary School in Chbar Ampov district with sexually abusing one of his students.
Chbar Ampov district deputy police chief Mao Soeuth identified the suspect as Long Sok, 50.
Mr Soeuth said the investigating judge yesterday charged him with indecent acts against a minor and provisionally detained him.
Mr Soeuth said that Mr Sok was arrested by district police on Thursday evening following a complaint by the 14-year-old victim.
She accused Mr Sok of fondling her breasts in his office. Mr Soeuth said that according to the complaint, she and a group of friends were reading and playing in the suspect’s office on Wednesday.
“After her friends left the room and while she was sitting with him, the deputy grabbed her and started kissing her and touching her breasts,” said Mr Soeuth. “The victim then ran out of the room.”
The victim reported the incident to NGO workers and her parents, who quickly notified district police, said Mr Soeuth.
In a separate case, a Briton teaching English at a private school in Phnom Penh was also charged on Sunday with sexually abusing a five-year-old student.
Yin Phally, a police officer with the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection unit, identified the suspect as Mark Andrew Smith, a teacher at the Golden Bridge International School in Tuol Kork district.
“He was charged with child sexual abuse and procuring child prostitution with aggravating circumstances,” said Mr Phally.
Mr Phally said the suspect allegedly brought the girl to his rental room several times, where he sexually abused her. The girl’s mother discovered what had happened after bathing her daughter and discovering swelling.
“She asked her daughter and her daughter told the truth,” said Mr Phally. “After discovering the truth, the mother filed a lawsuit against the suspect to police.”