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British man sent to PP court over paedophilia

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Cambodian polices released a picture showing three boys seated on the floor and one behind Steve Loryman at his rented home in the capital Phnom Penh. Police

British man sent to PP court over paedophilia

Anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police on Wednesday sent a British national to court for alleged paedophilia in Phnom Penh.

Lov Lin, the child protection bureau chief at the Ministry of Interior, said Stephen John Loryman, 57, was an English teacher at a private school.

According to the National Police website, Loryman brought four underage boys into his home in Chhbar Ampov district on Sunday.

Acting on a tip-off, police raided Loryman’s house after receiving a search warrant and found the four boys before arresting the suspect and seizing some electronic devices as evidence.

Lin said police had followed the suspect after receiving complaints from the boys’ families and a tip-off from APLE, a child protection NGO.

He added that the suspect had lured the boys by giving them money, mobile phones, clothes, food, stationery and bicycles.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor Kol Bon said on Thursday that Loryman will be charged today.

APLE programme director Khoem Vando said it had cooperated with police on the case.

“We had provided information for police to investigate. According to our sources, the suspect had had a relationship with the victims for around five months,” he said.

Vando urged the court to punish Loryman according to the law to prevent a repeat of the offence.

“I think [Loryman] is a risk to children. He had lured children in the community [with money] so he could sexually harass them,” he said.

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