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Telecom staffer arrested for rape of teenager

Leng Linphaysan, 35, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl and promising her a smartphone in exchange for her silence.
Leng Linphaysan, 35, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl and promising her a smartphone in exchange for her silence. National Police

Telecom staffer arrested for rape of teenager

A telecom company technician has been arrested for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in Phnom Penh.

Leng Linphaysan, 35, a technician at Camintel, was arrested on Thursday and sent to court on Saturday on suspicion of raping the teenager on two occasions and promising to buy her a smartphone in exchange for her silence.

The most recent rape allegedly occurred on April 24 at a rental room in Phnom Penh Thmey commune, according to Sen Sok District Police Chief Hour Mengvang.

Linphaysan allegedly confessed that the first rape took place last year, when he got drunk and went to visit a friend, who was not home. His friend’s younger sister was home and he allegedly assaulted her, promising to buy her anything she wanted if she kept quiet about the abuse.

The abuse reoccurred in similar circumstances last week, with the perpetrator allegedly promising to buy his victim a smartphone. Once she received the smartphone on Thursday, she told her sister, who informed police.

The victim’s sister then asked Linphaysan to visit their home, where he was then arrested. He has been sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court but no charges have yet been laid.

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