English Tutor Jailed on Assault Charges in B’bang

A private English tutor in Bat­tam­bang province was jailed on charges of aggravated sexual as­sault on Friday after he confessed earlier in the week to molesting multiple fe­male students as young as 6, a po­lice official said.

Yos So­phany, 50, who police say tutored about 50 boys and girls at his home in Sam­pov Loun district, was ar­rested on Tuesday shortly after he arrived at the home of an 8-year-old student to pick her up for class.

Ac­cording to deputy district police chief Ly Rom, the child refused to leave with Mr. Sophany, telling her parents that she feared he would “touch her” again. The girls’ parents then made him wait at their home until police arrived.

At the district police station, the tutor confessed to molesting all of his female students over the past month, but did not specify how many.

He was questioned at the Battambang Pro­vincial Court on Thursday and yesterday morning charged with indecent assault with aggravating circumstances, said Born Vannara, chief of the provincial police’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau.

“The court finished its questioning and charged the suspect,” the bureau chief said, add­ing Mr. Sophany had since been sent to the provincial prison to await trial.

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