Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Siem Reap man accused of raping infant

Siem Reap man accused of raping infant

Siem Reap man accused of raping infant

A man was arrested on Wednesday for the rape of an 18-month-old child in Siem Reap’s Sotr Nikum district.

Construction worker Soa Sophal, 35, allegedly raped the child on Monday, but the crime was only reported on Wednesday, according to Child Protection Unit Director James McCabe.

“The offender admitted to a digital rape, but the injuries sustained are perhaps more substantial than a finger,” McCabe said.

Sotr Nikum District Police Chief Nob Sarak said the accused was visiting his aunt, who lived next door to the victim. At around 1pm, the victim’s mother placed her in the care of her neighbour, who then entrusted her to the alleged perpetrator when she went out to the market.

Sarak said the mother returned to find her daughter bleeding and tests at the hospital revealed she had been sexually assaulted. He said the alleged perpetrator would be charged with aggravated rape.

Unicef said in a statement children have the right to be protected from sexual abuse and said perpetrators must be brought to justice.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group