Police arrested a 45-year-old man in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Monday for allegedly raping his teenage daughter since she was 9 years old, officials said.
Deputy district police chief Dao Vibol said yesterday that the man had been arrested for allegedly raping his daughter, who is now 17, four times between 2000 and 2003 at their home in Khmuonh commune.
Mr Vibol said that the victim had lodged a complaint and then asked to withdraw it, saying that her father should be freed because he is the sole breadwinner for the family, as her mother is mentally ill.
Police had already denied the request, Mr Vibol said, adding that the suspect would be sent to face possible rape charges at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
“I said that I will send [the suspect] to the court,” Mr Vibol said, adding that the suspect has denied the accusations of rape.
Noun Phanith, an attorney with anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants representing the victim, said the suspect had threatened to kill his own daughter if she dared to tell about the rapes to others.
APLE Country Director Samleang Seila added that his organization, which has largely investigated foreign pedophiles in Cambodia, would begin to get more involved in sex crime cases involving Cambodian suspects because the NGO has noticed an increase in violent rapes over the last few months.
“This is an issue that we should be paying attention to, since we worked on a lot of cases related to foreigners, now it is time to work on a lot more on Cambodian cases that are in brutal forms,” Mr Seila said.