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Australian, 53, tried for sexually abusing boys

Australian, 53, tried for sexually abusing boys

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday began hearing the case of an Australian teacher accused of raping six boys between the ages of 3 and 11 whom he allegedly groomed for victimhood.

“Since 2013, the suspect George Moussallie comforted many poor and street boys who were juveniles, [and asked them] to eat food with him and took them to buy clothes for them. But ultimately, he brought them to visit and stay at his rental house,” said presiding judge Kor Vandy.

There, Vandy continued, he allegedly showed them pornography, raped them and took nude photos of them. Moussallie, 53, is charged with sexual intercourse with a minor under 15 and committing an indecent act against a minor under 15.

Each of the six boys is demanding between $5,000 and $10,000 in compensation.

Eang Chanlon, chief of the juvenile protection police at the Ministry of Interior, said Moussallie was with two boys under the age of 11 when he was arrested in a police raid.

One of Moussallie’s alleged victims testified yesterday that the man had taken him and others to restaurants and play dates, but afterwards “he always brought us to his house”, where he molested them.

Moussallie admitted to taking photos of the boys as they bathed – maintaining that the photos weren’t meant to be sexual in nature – but denied any sexual contact. The hearing continues on March 6.

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