Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Capital man arrested for rape of a minor

Capital man arrested for rape of a minor

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A suspect accused of raping a minor is escorted by police after his arrest in Phnom Penh on Thursday. facebook

Capital man arrested for rape of a minor

Phnom Penh Municipal court on Thursday put a man in pre-trial detention after he was arrested for raping a minor on multiple occasions.

Court spokesperson Sous Vichearandy said if convicted, Ratana could face up to 10 years behind bars under Article 42 of the Criminal Code.

According to the municipal anti-human trafficking bureau, Pheng Ratana, 22, a taxi driver from Chamkarmon district, allegedly raped the unidentified 14-year-old girl for the first time in April.

He continued to rape her until recently, when the girl’s father, Chao Sok, 46, from 7 Makara district’s Veal Vong commune, found out and filed a complaint on August 26.

The suspect was arrested later that day in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey commune while he was with the girl.

National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said he was not aware of the case.

“I haven’t received a report yet. Maybe the Phnom Penh military police are working on it. Sometimes a case is too minor for them to report to a spokesman,” he said. “That’s why I don’t know about it.”

According to Article 42 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, the rape of a minor under 15 carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the