Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - American wanted on sex charges arrested in Kampot

American wanted on sex charges arrested in Kampot

American national Samuel Douglas Lovejoy, 31, was arrested in Kampot on Tuesday. He is wanted on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a child in the US. CPU
American national Samuel Douglas Lovejoy, 31, was arrested in Kampot on Tuesday. He is wanted on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a child in the US. CPU

American wanted on sex charges arrested in Kampot

An American wanted by US officials on suspicion of sexually abusing a minor in the state of Virginia was arrested in Kampot yesterday.

Samuel Douglas Lovejoy, 31, was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of indecent liberties with a child by a custodian by the Loudon County Circuit Court in Virginia.

A spokeswoman for the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Loudoun County said one of the sexual battery charges dated from October 2016, while the other three charges dated from last August.

Lovejoy also faces one count of failure to appear after he did not show up for a court date last February.

Kampot Provincial Police Chief Mao Chanmathurith said Cambodian officials found and arrested Lovejoy at the request of US authorities. Lovejoy is not suspected of committing any offences in Cambodia, he said.

"We detained him immediately and we did not ask any questions from the suspect,” Chanmathurith said. “We sent the above suspect to the General Department of Immigration to settle the situation.”

Lovejoy was found at Kampot town’s fish market in Kampong Kandal commune, according to Chanmathurith.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the