March 10, 2011
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—A Cambodian court has convicted a British man of sexually abusing two girls and sentenced him to seven years in prison.
Tweet Be the first to Tweet this!Submit to DiggdiggsdiggYahoo! Buzz ShareThis Authorities say 38-year-old Matthew Harland was arrested in May last year at the house he rented in the capital, Phnom Penh. He was found to be living with two sisters aged 11 and 12.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Kor Vandy convicted Harland Thursday on charges of buying sex from the girls and ordered him to pay each child compensation of one million riel ($250).
Cambodia has long been a magnet for foreign pedophiles because of poverty and poor law enforcement. In recent years police and courts have increasingly targeted sex offenders.
(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Adds that girls are sisters; corrects amount of compensation paid to each girl.)