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American orphanage director questioned

American orphanage director questioned

The court will today continue questioning an American orphanage director suspected of sexually abusing five boys.

On Monday, Daniel Stephen Johnson, 35, director of Meanchey district’s Hope Transitions, was arrested on allegations he raped and sexually abused boys at the orphanage, said Lao Lin, chief of the anti-human trafficking department.

Seang Sok, the court’s vice prosecutor, said yesterday that Johnson’s questioning will continue today. Johnson, who was running the orphanage without authorisation from the Ministry of Interior, is also wanted in the US for five separate allegations of child rape.

During a three-month investigation, five boys between the ages of 11 and 16 who lived at Hope Transitions said Johnson sexually abused them, according to Yi Moden, APLE’s deputy director of field operations. The five alleged victims and the other 24 children living at Hope Transitions have been taken to shelters.

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