Three high school students were handed prison terms and hit with $1,000 fines by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday for statutory rape after having sex with a 14-year-old girl last year.
Presiding judge Top Chhunheng sentenced students Hun Chandara, 23, and Toch Khemarin, 18, to five years in prison, and co-defendant Chov Sivoeng, 17, to two-and-a-half-years in prison on charges of having sexual intercourse with a minor under 15 years of age.
Sen Sok district penal police officer Sreng Sokhon said that the trio had taken the young girl out to a nightclub in mid-March before taking her back to a hotel
“After drinking and dancing, they have brought her to sleep at a guesthouse in Sen Sok district for a period of three nights, and they all had sex with her,” he said, adding that she had not been held against her will.
The act came to light, he continued, after the girl had been missing for four days and her parents found her at the guesthouse. The suspects were arrested in May based on a complaint from the parents.
The defendants and their lawyers could not be reached for comment yesterday.