A man accused of raping a two-year-old girl was arrested in Kampong Cham province on Tuesday. Kheng Sreng, Srei Santhor district police chief, said the suspect, 25-year-old On Suos, was a resident of Baray commune’s Beung Veng village, where the victim also lived.
Around 7pm on Tuesday, police said, the victim was playing with several other young girls when the suspect, who lived nearby, picked her up and carried her behind his house, where he proceeded to rape her.
When the two-year-old was discovered missing, her frantic father summoned his neighbours to help search for her.
At 10pm, the suspect returned with the victim and was arrested by police, who also found blood and semen on his clothing, police said.
The victim was taken to a local clinic, where a doctor confirmed she had been raped.
“The suspect has confessed to the crime,” Sreng said, adding the victim is receiving care from local anti-trafficking organisation SISHA.
In another case, police in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district on Monday arrested 25-year-old Nhem Sokhom for the rape of a six-year-old girl just four days earlier.
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