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Alleged pedophiles arrested

Authorities in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district yesterday arrested a German national accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-boy, police said.

Deputy district police chief Moa Sert identified the suspect as Udo Theodor Symon, 57, who was arrested in Chbar Ampov’s Niroth commune.

According to Sert, the victim was the son of Symon’s housekeeper. A complaint from the mother said that he had assaulted the boy while she was out buying food at the market.

“After we had a complaint filed from the victim, we arrested him,” Sert said, adding that Symon was sent to the anti-human trafficking police station for questioning.

The day before, in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district, authorities arrested a French national accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy, police said.

Na Neang, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department, said that on Monday evening anti-human trafficking police from the ministry arrested Bernard Louis François Soudeller, 50, at his apartment.

The arrest was based on a complaint from the victim’s family, which is supported by three witnesses, Neang said

“[Soudeller] was sent to the anti-human trafficking [police office] at the Ministry of Interior for questioning and more investigation into how many boys and girls are his victims,” she said.

Kandal court prosecutor Lim Sokunthea yesterday confirmed issuing the arrest warrant.

Meanwhile, Mexican national Bernardo Pina Paez, who was arrested on Monday, was charged at the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting two of his 16-year-old students, said provincial prosecutor Ros Saram.

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