Two Rice Farmers Charged for Raping Teenager

Two rice farmers accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a planned attack after a dance ceremony were charged with rape on Monday in Stung Treng province, officials said.

Kha Vuthy, 31, was driving two teenage girls home from the ceremony in Thala Barivat district’s Sre Russei commune at about 11 p.m. on Friday when he stopped on a road where his friend, Ngel Yan, 23, was waiting for them, said Doung Sivutha, chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau.

“They planned it ahead of time,” Mr. Sivutha said on Sunday.

“The girls grew suspicious of the men.

They scuffled and one of them got away and informed the commune police.”

The men raped the other girl, 17, before fleeing into the jungle behind the commune, he said.

The suspects, who were arrested on Saturday after commune police officers received a tip about their whereabouts, confessed to raping the girl during questioning, he said.

Chea Pich, a prosecutor at the provincial court, said the suspects were sent to prison to await trial after being charged.

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