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American arrested on child sex charge

American arrested on child sex charge

An American man has been arrested in Phnom Penh, accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl and a local teenager, police said March 5. Thomas Wayne Rapanos, 55, was held the previous night after police raided a room at a guesthouse in the capital, said Keo Thea, deputy police chief at the anti-trafficking and juvenile unit. "He brought two young girls into the room to commit debauchery," Keo Thea told AFP, using a wide-ranging term for sex crimes. "When police raided the room, one of the girls was naked." Samleang Seila, director of the French child welfare group Action Pour Les Enfants, told AFP that the group had been watching Rapanos since November 2006. (AFP)

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