A 56-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for raping a 13-year-old girl in Kompong Cham province, police said Wednesday.
Phat Huot was arrested in Kompong Siem district after the girl’s parents alleged that he had used an offer of 15,000 riel, about $3.75, to lure the victim from the family’s farmland, where the girl had been playing, according to district police chief Pak Cheat.
Mr. Huot allegedly asked the girl to undress and raped her, Mr. Cheat said.
“Since the girl could not bear the suffering, she yelled and ran to her parents and asked them to help,” Mr. Cheat said.
“After we got a complaint from her parents, we went to arrest the suspect immediately, and then sent him to the provincial authorities.”
Mr. Cheat said the suspect had denied the rape allegations but admitted to the police that he had molested the young girl.
Mr. Huot will be sent to the Kompong Cham provincial court today for questioning, Mr. Cheat said.