Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Convicted Dutch pedophile arrested for third time in Siem Reap

Convicted Dutch pedophile arrested for third time in Siem Reap

Convicted pedophile Sebastian Reuijl (left) is seen in Siem Reap province in a 2014 image. Photo supplied
Convicted pedophile Sebastian Reuijl (left) is seen in Siem Reap province in a 2014 image. Photo supplied

Convicted Dutch pedophile arrested for third time in Siem Reap

A convicted Dutch pedophile is currently under investigation by Siem Reap Provincial Court for the third time in the last six years.

Sebastian Reuijl was first convicted in the Netherlands in 2004 for abusing a 12-year-old boy at a sailing school where he worked as an instructor.

He later moved to Cambodia, and in October 2011, the Siem Reap Provincial Court sentenced him to three months in prison for sexually abusing five children aged 7 to 13. Reuijl was rearrested in December 2013 on fresh charges, which were dropped the following March.

He was arrested yet again late last month, this time over child sex offences allegedly committed against a 4-year-old boy, according to provincial court spokesman Yem Srang.

Provincial chief of anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police Doung Thavery said Reuijl had been under surveillance for some time.

“We decided to raid the room he was renting and found his habits unchanged; he was still doing that to underage boys,” Thavery said.

Inside the room, police discovered the 4-year-old alleged victim. “Sebastian and the boy’s family lived close to each other. Sebastian always enticed the boy up to his room with pizza and let him play games, then he took the opportunity to abuse the boy.”

Reuijl is being held for questioning and a date for his trial has yet to be set.


  • 12th Cambodia int’l film festival to see return of Hollywood star

    Phnom Penh is set to come alive with the magic of cinema as the highly anticipated 12th Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) takes centre stage. Boasting an impressive line-up of 188 films from 23 countries, including captivating shorts, feature films, documentaries and animation, the festival promises an

  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Fresh Covid warnings as Thai hospital fills

    A senior health official reminds the public to remain vigilant, as neighbouring countries experience an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the latest surge appearing to be a result of the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant. Or Vandine, secretary of state and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health,

  • Struggling Battambang artist dreams of staging full-scale gallery exhibition

    Leav Kimchhoth, a 55-year-old artist from Battambang province, is a familiar face to locals and tourists alike on the streets of the riverside in Phnom Penh. The one-armed painter and illustrator often hawks his work near the night market on weekends and public holidays. He

  • 1.4 billion dollar Phnom Penh-Bavet expressway due in four years

    The Government, through the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, has officially signed a public-private partnership agreement with a private company for the construction of a Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway project that will connect the capital to Svay Rieng province. The budget for the project is

  • New Law on Taxation comes into effect

    Cambodia has enacted the eagerly-awaited new Law on Taxation, which aims to improve the national tax regime’s compliance with present and future international standards and economic conditions; encourage accountability, effectiveness and transparency in the collection process; and promote investment in the Kingdom. King Norodom