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Porn charges for students

Two university students confessed to selling pornographic videos and images of minors at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, but denied charges they had produced the content, arguing it had been downloaded from the internet.

The two students, 23-year-old Phun Piseth and 22-year-old Kiet Sambo, were arrested and charged with producing and distributing pornography after police caught them selling VCDs and images outside of Tuol Tumpoung High School in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district, prosecutor Ek Chheng Huoth told the court.

“Although the two suspects have tried to answer that they didn’t commit the crime, based on the proof – pornography and sex photos which were obtained by the court – they had really committed [the crimes] as accused,” he said.

Hundreds of five to six-minute pornographic videos featuring under-age females were found on desktop computers belonging to the accused that were seized by police, he added.

The accused confessed they had download the pornographic content since 2007 in order to sell it, but both denied they had produced the illegal content.

“I think that the charges are an injustice for me because I had not produced the pornography [images] or sex movies as accused. I just downloaded them from internet websites,” Phun Piseth said.  

A verdict will be handed down on February 14.

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