The French director of a child protection NGO in Sihanoukville who was charged Friday with sexually abusing multiple boys in his care may have first abused children as long as seven years ago, according to anti-pedophile group Action pour les Enfants (APLE).
Philippe Broaly, the 48-year-old director of Enfants du Cambodge, was arrested by anti-trafficking police at his home in Sihanoukville’s Bei commune on Tuesday for allegedly molesting seven boys.
On Friday, the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court charged Mr. Broaly with indecent assault, deputy prosecutor Ros Saram said Sunday.
“I charged him and sent the case to the investigating judge on Friday,” Mr. Saram said. “I charged him with indecent assault in accordance with the Criminal Code.”
Mr. Saram added that Mr. Broaly denied the accusations against him, and accused another, unnamed organization of framing him.
Khoem Vando, deputy director of field operations at Action pour les Enfants—which initiated the investigation into Mr. Broaly in July after receiving a tip-off from a former teacher at Enfants du Cambodge—said Sunday that at least one of the Frenchman’s alleged victims testified that he was abused seven years ago.
“One kid said the incident happened to him in 2007, when he was 14,” Mr. Vando said, adding that APLE lawyers would arrive in Sihanoukville today to work on the case.
Mr. Vando said the former teacher who tipped off APLE had since left the country, declining to give his name.