The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Tuesday charged a 17-year-old boy with attempted rape for assaulting two of his adoptive cousins after sneaking into their home in Siem Reap City on Sunday night, officials said on Wednesday.
He later confessed to sexually molesting a third adoptive cousin, according to police.
The teenager was arrested at his grandfather’s house in Siem Reap commune on Monday evening after one of the three girls—who live with the suspect’s aunt in the same commune—told police what had happened, said commune police chief Chem Chamnan.
Mr. Chamnan said the girls— ages 10, 12 and 15—were home alone on Sunday night, the aunt having left to harvest cassava on a farm near the Thai border, and had been asleep when the suspect entered the house. He said the teenager molested the 12-year-old before attempting to rape the 10-year-old.
“During the assault of the victims, the suspect promised to give them some money to keep silent,” Mr. Chamnan said.
When the boy failed to follow through with his promise on Monday, the 12-year-old told neighbors what had transpired, and the suspect was apprehended by commune police that night, he said.
At the commune police station, the teenager confessed to sexually assaulting his cousins—the two younger girls on Sunday night and the 15-year-old at some point in the past, the police chief said.
“When we took him for questioning at station, we only knew about the two younger girls,” he said.
Deputy provincial police chief Thong Sokhun said the three victims corroborated the account, with the oldest girl saying she had been repeatedly assaulted in the past.
“The oldest sister did not alert anyone because she got money from the suspect,” he said, going on to suggest that the case was not that serious.
“There was no damage to their virginity at all,” he said.
Mr. Sokhun said the teenager was charged with attempted rape on Tuesday evening and is now in prison awaiting trial.