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American sentenced to 10 years in sex case

An American father of two was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after being found guilty of purchasing child prostitution, performing indecent acts against a minor under the age of 15 and drug use.

In addition to the prison sentence, James Morrow, 46, was ordered by presiding judge Kor Vandy to pay US$2,500 in compensation to the victim as well as a $1,250 fine.

The court also sentenced Chamroeun Chanthan, 22, and Say Sareth, 26, to two years in prison and fined each of them  $500 after they were found guilty of being Morr-ow’s accomplices.

Daun Penh police officer Keo Sothy said Morrow had been arrested in March at the L-S Guesthouse, in the Phsar Thmey III commune, by anti-human trafficking and juven-ile protection police.

“He was arrested while he was producing a pornographic video of an 11-year-old girl in his room at the guesthouse,” Keo Sothy said.

He added that when police searched Morrow’s room, auth-orities confiscated toy handcuffs, a toy gun, rope, 97 sexually explicit DVDs, sexually explicit photographs, a package of cannabis, five  methamphetamine pills and two packages of crystal methamphetamine, or ice.

Morrow’s defence attorney, Dun Vibol, said yesterday he planned to appeal because there was not enough proof to show that his client had committed the crimes.

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