Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang teacher charged with raping girls aged 6, 8

Battambang teacher charged with raping girls aged 6, 8

Yuos Sophany poses for a photo with police officers earlier this week after he was arrested for rape in Battambang province.
Yuos Sophany poses for a photo with police officers earlier this week after he was arrested for rape in Battambang province. Photo supplied

Battambang teacher charged with raping girls aged 6, 8

A primary school teacher in Battambang province was charged with raping two underage female students yesterday despite pleas that he had only touched them in a non-sexual manner.

The suspect, 50-year-old Yuos Sophany, taught at the Tasda primary school located in Sampov Loun district’s Santepheap commune, according to Ly Rom, director of justice at the district’s police station.

Rom said that Sophany was arrested on Tuesday evening after the parents of the two girls, aged 8 and 6, filed complaints accusing the teacher of repeatedly raping their children in a cassava field and on school grounds.

“On one day, the teacher brought me to a cassava field and undressed me. Then he hugged and kissed me and inserted his finger into [me],” a complaint from one of the girls read, according to Rom.

During Sophany’s interrogation yesterday morning, the suspect admitted to touching the girls, but said he was acting out of normal affection.

“What I did to them was only because they are very cute, but I had no ill intentions or wanted to commit sexual harassment against them,” he told police, according to Rom.

According to Alastair Hilton, technical adviser at child protection NGO First Step, Cambodian schools offer scant protections against sexual abuse.

“We would expect organisations caring for children to have child protection requirements . . . but very few do.”

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all