Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pedo charges for preacher and godson

Pedo charges for preacher and godson

Pedo charges for preacher and godson

Abuse claims

An American Baptist preacher and a Cambodian man police identified as the preacher’s godson were arrested on Friday for allegedly paying three underage boys for sex in Sihanoukville.

Police arrested Charles William Manning, 67, of Victory Baptist Church, at his rental house following a complaint from child exploitation prevention NGO Action Pour les Enfants, said I Sokha, director of Sihanoukville’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department.

They later arrested Cambodian San Veasna, 24, while he was attempting to escape to Phnom Penh, Sokha said.

During questioning, Manning admitted to luring three boys, aged 13, 14 and 15, into having sex for money, while Veasna denied the claims, Sokha said.

Mei Tes, another preacher at Victory Baptist Church, said the alleged offences should not be associated with the church. “If he is guilty of the offence, police should accuse him,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Malaysian MP calls on his government to take stand on Cambodian elections

    A Malaysian parliamentarian raised concerns in his country on Wednesday about Cambodia’s July 29 national elections and urged his government to clarify its position on the subject, the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said on Thursday. Wong Chen, a member of the People’s

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not