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Teenager in Kandal faces rape charge

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A young man was arrested and charged with rape by Kandal province authorities on Monday.

Teenager in Kandal faces rape charge

A student was arrested and charged with rape by Kandal province authorities on Monday after the alleged victim’s parents filed a police complaint.

Provincial deputy prosecutor Seng Rithy had charged the 16-year-old with rape and sent the case to the investigating judge for further action.

Anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police sent the teenager to court on Monday over the alleged rape which happened on Saturday in Sa’ang district.

Chhem Vanny, Kandal provincial deputy police chief in charge of anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection, said the boy and girl were both 16 years old.

Vanny said both families had reached an agreement to end the case, but she said this did not comply with the law.

“The families wanted to [end the lawsuit] at my office, but I could not permit them to do that because I must do my duty. The lawsuit was filed by the victim’s family at my office, so I have to follow the law,” she said.

Based on testimony from the girl and the suspect, Kandal provincial police concluded it was a rape case.

Vanny said the two met on Saturday in a village in Sa’ang district, and at one point the girl said she needed the restroom, with the suspect following her in and raping her.

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