The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on Monday charged a 28-year-old man with the alleged sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl in Mongkol Borei district on Saturday, according to officials who said such crimes are an all-too-common occurrence in the province.
Phang Bor was arrested Saturday evening after the victim’s grandmother filed a complaint with police, accusing him of attacking her granddaughter in a field 200 meters from her home in Kouk Ballaing commune, district police chief Nuth Ly said Tuesday.
“After arresting [Phang Bor], he confessed that he had raped this girl because he was drunk and that caused him to do crazy things,” Nuth Ly said.
Provincial Prosecutor Ton Sihadeg said the court charged Phang Bor with rape.
Also in Mongkol Borei district police are looking for 20-year-old Tan Soksan, suspected of sexually assaulting a 20-month-old girl in Phnom Touch commune Sunday, deputy district judicial police chief Dy Leapheng said Tuesday.
Tan Soksan had been babysitting the girl while her parents were out, but fled as soon as the parents returned at about 6 pm, Dy Leapheng said. After discovering that their daughter was bleeding, they reported the crime, he said.
“Now the victim is being treated for her injuries in the hospital.”
Dy Leapheng said sexual crimes against children are frequent in his district.
“Rape cases always happen because of alcohol, pornography videos on the telephones, and a lack of knowledge of the law,” he said.
Suom Chankea, provincial coordinator for local rights group Adhoc, said that between five to six cases of sex crimes against children are reported every month in Banteay Meanchey.
“Bad habits have become stronger than the social rule,” he said, adding that suspects often bribe police and court officials and rarely see any prison time.
“They go free, which is a bad example for others to follow.”