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Aussie set to be charged

An Australian national remained in questioning yesterday after his arrest on Sunday for allegedly raping a 27-year-old masseuse in his rented house in Battambang province.

Robert Peter Rucioch, 61, was arrested in Ek Penh district and is set to face charges today at Battambang provincial court, said Lieutenant Colonel Cheth Vanny, deputy chief of the provincial police.

“He was arrested by our police based on a complaint from a massage girl who accused him of bringing her from the massage shop to do a massage for him at his house, but then forcibly raped her,” he said Monday.

A search of Rucioch’s home, Vanny added, revealed a large quantity of pornographic images of Cambodian women on his laptop and smartphone.

“He is now facing preliminary charges related to rape and producing pornographic photos. And he is still being questioned by our expert police at provincial headquarters,” he continued.

Police are still going through the images, but “no pornographic photos of the victim” have been located, Vanny said.

Rucioch could face at least five years in prison if found guilty.

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