A French national accused of sexually molesting five minors was sentenced yesterday in Siem Reap to one year in prison and ordered to pay 800,000 riel, or US$200, to each of the victims, in addition to a 2 million riel or US$500 fine.
Morin Marcel, 58, was found guilty of indecent acts against five minors under the age of 15, Judge Chhay Kong said.
Siem Reap provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection official Doung Thavery said police had arrested Marcel on February 18 at a guest house in the Svay Dangkum Commune, based on evidence collected by the child-protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants.
“He approached nine under-age boys during the night by buying them food, kissing and caressing their private parts, fondling their genitals and inviting them into his guest house,” Thavery said.
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