Monday, 07 March 2011 15:02 Phak Seangly
Preash Sihanouk provincial police on Sunday sent a 60-year-old French national to court on suspicion of sexually abusing three underage boys.
Be Sivanna, director of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Office in Preah Sihanouk province, said that the suspect, a French tourist, was arrested on Saturday morning in Sihanoukville’s Commune 4 after three boys, aged between 10 and 14, accused the man of forcing them to engage in a sexual act.
“The suspect met the boys, who were collecting recyclable materials on a beach, and he lured them to massage his penis,” Be Sivanna said.
He added that the suspect offered no money to the three victims.
Be Sivanna said the suspect and his wife arrived in the province last week and were staying in a guesthouse in Sihanoukville, where police confiscated a laptop computer and a digital camera following the
Khoem Vando, an information officer for the child protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, said the group would provide assistance to the three victims.
“We will offer the boys social and legal services, along with shelter at our organisation.”
Bou Bun Hang, a prosecutor at Preah Sihanouk provincial court, said he had received the case yesterday and was currently investigating the charges.
In a statement issued by APLE yesterday, Khoem Vando said the suspect was apprehended with the help from local tuk-tuk drivers, who tipped off police to the suspect’s location.