British teacher arrested for alleged sexual assault of two teens in Cambodia

The British national had been arrested following allegations from the girls' mother.

Cambodia’s Bureau of Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection has charged British man Matthew William Watkin for the sexual assault of two minors. Watkin was arrested in Siem Reap on Wednesday, following a complaint from the girls’ mother. Police are investigating the allegations while Watkin remains in police custody.

The 37-year-old from Shrewsbury had moved to Cambodia to teach children English. He and his wife had been living in the Siem Reap district for several months. The two unnamed girls aged 13 and 17 spent the night at the couple’s home. After they returned home, their mother alleged that Watkin had abused her daughters.

On Monday, the woman filed a complaint with the police. The case was reported to Kert Vannareth, a prosecutor of the Siem Reap Provincial Court. After conducting a preliminary investigation, the police arrested the British man.

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