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Australian national Robert Peter Rucioch, 61, an English teacher, is questioned by police following his arrest in Battambang province’s Ek Phnom district yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Australian national Robert Peter Rucioch, 61, an English teacher, is questioned by police following his arrest in Battambang province’s Ek Phnom district yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Teacher accused in rape of masseuse

An Australian national was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping a 27-year-old masseuse in his rented house in Battambang province, according to police.

Robert Peter Rucioch, 61, was arrested in Ek Phnom district and will face charges today at Battambang provincial court, said Lieutenant Colonel Cheth Vanny, deputy chief of the provincial police.

“He was arrested by our police based on a complaint from a massage girl who accused him of bringing her from the massage shop to do a massage for him at his house but then forcibly raped her,” he said yesterday.

A search of Rucioch’s home, Vanny added, revealed a large quantity of pornographic images of Cambodian women on his laptop and smartphone.

“He is now facing preliminary charges related to rape and producing pornographic photos. And he is still being questioned by our expert police at provincial headquarters,” he continued.

Police are still going through the images, but “no pornographic photos of the victim”, have been located, Vanny said.

Under the law, if found guilty, Rucioch could face at least five years in prison.

This story has been updated to correct the following error. The teacher in the story was not presently employed at the University of Battambang. He had worked there only briefly in 2009 before being dismissed, according to a school official.

This story has been updated and corrected.
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