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Orphanage seeks reboot

The sponsors of a Phnom Penh-based evangelical orphanage yesterday expressed interest in reopening the facility after it shuttered last year following the director’s arrest for molesting underage boys.

“We can’t control what one person does, but we can make sure that we’re still ministering where there’s a need and it’s all about the kids,” Pastor David McGee from the Calvary Baptist Church told Texas TV news station KLTV yesterday.

American Missionary Daniel Stephen Johnson, 36, ran the unlicensed Hope Transitions Orphanage with donations from the Texas church until a police raid in December 2013 resulted in his arrest and multiple children under his care alleging that he abused them.

Following the completion of his one-year sentence earlier this month, Johnson was transferred to FBI custody to face further charges in the US. Johnson yesterday pled not guilty to fresh charges that he sexually assaulted an underage Cambodian boy, Oregon media reported.

If convicted, he could face 30 years’ imprisonment.

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