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US doctor charged with child sex offences

United States national Phillip Bruce Shepard, 68, was officially charged yesterday by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court with purchasing child prostitution.

Shepard, a doctor at Princess Clinic in Phnom Penh, was arrested on Saturday by anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police at his home in Chamkarmon district’s Boueng Keng Kang III commune.

Director of Phnom Penh’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile police Keo Thea said Shepard was charged in connection to the sexual abuse of two brothers, aged 13 and 16.

“He was arrested based on the complaints of the two victims, who claim that they had been sexually abused by Shepard several times, as far back as 2008,” said Keo Thea.

“According to our investigation, Mr Shepard has had sexual relations with several Cambodian boys and young men during his time in the country.”

Shepard has been sent to Prey Sar prison where he will await his trial while police compile evidence and conduct an investigation.

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