Pedophile Jailed in Cambodia Arrested in UK

A UK national sentenced to three years in prison in Cambodia for committing indecent acts with children was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport on Thursday, over older allegations that he had abused a teenager in North Wales, according to British paper The Daily Post.

Nicholas Patrick Griffin, 54, was arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of “serious sexual assault,” and handed to North Wales Police for questioning regarding the alleged assault in the 1990s.

Griffin, who was arrested last October in Cambodia, was given a suspended sentence, and served only a year in prison here, whereupon he was deported to the UK and hit with the older sentence, said Samleang Seila, country director for child-protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants.

“I think this is an acceptable approach, because someone who abuses children in any place or country should receive punishment in his own country,” Mr Seila said, adding that under British law, it is possible for Griffin to be convicted again for his crimes in Cambodia.

Griffin began operating the Cam­bodian Orphan Fund in Siem Reap in 2007, which allowed him access to hundreds of children. Following a two-year investigation, he was arrested in Siem Reap in 2010, while 70 children at his orphanage were moved to safe houses.



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