Friday, 6 November 2009

Canadian jailed for indecency with Cambodian sisters: judge

Thu, Nov 05, 2009

(Posted by CAAI News Media)

PHNOM PENH - A 68-year-old Canadian man has been jailed for a year for indecent acts with two Cambodian sisters aged 10 and 12, a judge said Thursday.

Daniel Lavigne, who has been in jail since his January arrest in the popular seaside resort of Sihanoukville, was also ordered to pay 500 dollars in fines after his conviction, judge Kim Eng told AFP.

"I sentenced him this morning to serve one year in jail for his indecent act against minor girls," the Sihanoukville court judge said.

Lavigne denied any wrongdoing and told police that he was the boyfriend of the girls' mother, Kim Eng added.

Dozens of foreigners have been jailed for child sex crimes or deported to face trial in their home countries since Cambodia launched an anti-paedophilia push in 2003 to try to shake off its reputation as a haven for sex predators.

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