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Pedophile nabbed: Swiss man caught

Pedophile nabbed: Swiss man caught

An 81-year-old Swiss psychologist was arrested yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district while having sex with a 14-year-old boy, police said yesterday.

Hugo Stephan Leuthold was arrested yesterday morning after police raided his guesthouse room, rescuing a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old boy, Lieutenant Colonel Keo Thea, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection police said yesterday.

“He had paid the boys to have sex with him in his guesthouse room,” Keo Thea told the Post.

“This old Swiss man is now still being questioned,” he added.

According to police reports, Leuthold had previously been arrested in 2010 for sexual abuse of four under-age boys in Preah Sihanouk province.

The provincial court initially sentenced him to two years in jail, but later reduced his term to 10 months.

Keo Thea said Leuthold left Cambodia upon completion of his jail term without paying any of the ordered compensation to his four victims and re-entered the Kingdom in March 2012 after a stint in Thailand.

Child protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants stated in a press release yesterday that before being arrested for the first time in Cambodia in 2010, Leuthold had been arrested in Thailand by Pattaya tourist police for buying sexual services from a 12-year-old boy.

“In this case, the authority should not have allowed Leuthold to enter Cambodia after his deportation,” APLE said in the press release.

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