Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pedophile’s sentence gets upheld

Pedophile’s sentence gets upheld

Pedophile’s sentence gets upheld

The Appeal Court yesterday upheld the Siem Reap Provincial Court’s 2011 sentence of Danish businessman Sven Eric Jonasson, 66, to eight years in prison for procuring and engaging in sex with five underage boys in Siem Reap province.

The court also upheld the five-year sentence of Thorn Thea, 22, for helping procure the boys.

Seila Samleang, country director for Action Pour Les Enfants, said Jonasson had employed the boys, aged between 15 and 17, as prostitutes at his guesthouse in Siem Reap province from 2009 until his arrest in 2010.

He added that Jonasson was arrested after Norwegian national Rolf Sletten, 64, was apprehended at Jonasson’s guesthouse in 2010.  

The court also upheld the order that Jonason pay his five victims a total of 20 million riel (about $5,000) in compensation.

“The convicted persons have the right to appeal to the Supreme Court,” said presiding judge Chan Madina.

Sven Eric Jonasson, Thorn Thea and their lawyer could not be reached for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Monks given ‘Samdech’ title for contributions

    Three senior monks on Thursday were given the highest-ranking title “samdech”, with Prime Minister Hun Sen saying that the promotions were due to their contributions to Buddhism. The three distinguished monks were promoted on Thursday morning at Botum Vatey pagoda in Phnom Penh, at a

  • Facing possible sanctions, PM criticises Washington’s rights record

    While United States congressmen are discussing the Cambodia Democracy Act and an amendment that could impose more sanctions against Cambodia’s government, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday counterattacked by questioning the respect of human rights and democracy under the US-backed Lon Nol regime, and