Court Charges Moto-Taxi Driver With Rape of Stepdaughter

The Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday charged a motorcycle taxi driver, 27, with raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter, police said.

The suspect was arrested on Wednesday after the victim’s mother filed a complaint with police accusing her husband of raping her daughter, Ksach Kandal district deputy police chief Kim Yong said.

“The suspect confessed to raping his step-daughter many times in the past,” he added.

He had raped her at least six times since 2012, Mr. Yong said.

The last time he raped the child—on Monday afternoon while the mother was away—the girl told her aunt, who informed the mother, who alerted the police.

“She hadn’t dared to tell anyone” for so long, Mr. Yong said, because “the stepfather had threatened to kill her if she did.”

The suspect is now in pre-trial detention.

“We took him to the court on Thursday, where he was charged with raping a minor,” said Kem Sokun, provincial judicial deputy police chief. Rights group Adhoc says that it recorded 177 rapes of children last year.

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