Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - US man facing child porn charges arrested




US man facing child porn charges arrested

US man facing child porn charges arrested

An American fugitive on the run since October 15 over charges of child pornography and child abuse was captured in Kratie province around midday yesterday. He has been brought to Phnom Penh’s immigration department, immigration head Sok Phal told the Post late last night.

Prum Phanith, Kratie’s deputy police chief in charge of immigration, said Michael Edward Harris, who went under the alias “Mike Dobbs” in Cambodia, was arrested alone in the province’s Chhlong district.

“He was driving a motorbike in Chhlong and police in Kratie arrested him following orders from the immigration department,” Phanith said.

Deputy provincial police officer Oum Phy confirmed the arrest. “We don’t know what kind of charges he is facing, but we followed the ministry’s orders. Our police have this man’s photo.”

Harris was charged with 44 counts of child pornography possession in Orlando, Florida, and he is being sought by the US Army relating to allegations of indecent acts on a child and forced sodomy, US Army media relations officer Wayne Hall previously told the Post.

Harris entered Cambodia on January 17, but was only flagged for travel over two months later after he was charged for desertion on March 28.

Harris’ ex-wife, Denise Diaz, a former police officer living in Kentucky, says her children were victims of Harris’ alleged abuse and was dissatisfied with how long it was taking to arrest Harris.

Diaz started a Facebook campaign earlier this month to find her ex-husband, who was quickly spotted on online forums as a dog trainer at a Sihanoukville dog training centre.

After forums exploded with rumours of his location, Harris abruptly fled his Sihanoukville apartment on October 15 and had been on the run in the Kingdom until his capture yesterday.

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace! CAPTURED!” Diaz posted on the Facebook page “Fugitive Michael Edward Harris Bring Him to Justice”.

The US Embassy confirmed the arrest but declined to comment late yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Thailand offers Covid-19 funding

    The Royal Embassy of Thailand contributed two million baht ($62,765) to Cambodia’s fight against Covid-19 on Wednesday, as the countries celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations. The donation was presented by Thailand’s Ambassador to Cambodia Panyarak Poolthup to Prime Minister Hun Sen at a meeting

  • Crowded prisons will set free 10,000 inmates

    Close to 10,000 prisoners will be freed as part of the country’s anti-prison overcrowding campaign, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng announced on Wednesday. The bulk of the inmates have mostly served their sentences and will continue to be monitored by local authorities after their release

  • Sanctuary head sued for not stopping forest occupations

    Four Bunong and an Adhoc official filed a joint lawsuit against Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary head Prum Vibol Ratanak at the Mondulkiri Provincial Court for failing to stop illegal land occupation and the buying and selling of forest land. Vibol Ratanak denies the allegations against

  • US and Cambodia talk cybersecurity ongoing assistance

    US Ambassador Patrick Murphy met with Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday to discuss bilateral collaboration including on issues of civil society organisations and democracy in Cambodia. But cybercrime seemed to be the prevailing topic at the meeting. Murphy posted on Twitter: “Productive meeting

  • UN: Don’t let patent rows hamper virus vaccine

    The UN patent agency has hailed the push to create a coronavirus vaccine and make it globally available but warned against allowing copyright rows to overshadow and delay the process. “What we need in the first place here is innovation,” said Francis Gurry, the head

  • ‘Be vigilant on human trafficking’

    Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday urged provincial authorities along the border to remain vigilant against the transportation of Cambodian migrant workers into Thailand. Speaking during an annual meeting of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT), he said despite the closure of the