Police Arrest Man for Coordinating Gang Rape of Girl

A 41-year-old man has been arrested for involvement in the gang rape of a teenage girl in Tbong Khmum province on Monday, police said on Tuesday.

The province’s deputy police chief, Prak Bunnon, said suspect Sem Lay had convinced the 16-year-old victim, whom he regularly spoke to on the telephone, to meet him at a local pagoda, promising her that if she met him in person he would buy her a new phone.

However, Mr. Lay showed up with a friend and suggested that the three take a motorbike ride to a local forest, where they both raped the girl, the deputy police chief said.

“The victim told police that she was gang-raped at around 3:40 p.m. on May 23, 2016, in the forest near a cashew farm located in Dambe district,” he said, adding that the girl then went to a local police station in neighboring Ponhea Krek district, where she lives, to report the attack.

Mr. Lay is being held in the Ponhea Krek district police station and will be sent to court today, he said, while police are still searching for his friend who participated in the gang rape.

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