Police yesterday arrested wanted Russian pedophile Stanislav Molodyakov in Kandal province, where police said the notorious child abuser had been staying in the home a young girl that he “loved.”
Molodyakov, also known as Alexander Trofimov, was arrested at about 8 a.m. in Ponhea Leu commune at the house of a local family with a daughter of about 11 or 12 years old, National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said.
“There is a girl about 11 or 12 years old…and he [Molodyakov] loved the girl,” Mr. Chantharith said.
“I suspect that [he abused] this girl, but we don’t have any evidence.”
Mr. Chantharith declined to say whether police would investigate further crimes possibly committed by Molodyakov and said that yesterday’s arrest had been made in response to an Interior Ministry order issued in March that calls for his deportation.
Molodyakov’s arrest in the home of the young girl comes less than six months since he received a Royal pardoned after serving just half of an eight-year sentence for sexually abusing 15 Cambodian children in Sihanoukville where he once headed up a company developing a multi-million dollar tourist resort backed by foreign investors.
Immediately following Molodyakov’s release, 14 child rights groups signed a petition urging the government to honor a May 2009 extradition request from Russia, where he is wanted for the violent sexual abuse of two 10-year old girls and an 11-year-old.
Molodyakov is currently on Interpol’s list of most wanted criminals for his rape of the children in Moscow.
After his arrest yesterday, Molodyakov was taken to the district police station in Ponhea Leu, and then to immigration police headquarters in Phnom Penh, where he is still in custody.
Mr. Chantharith said that the Interior Ministry was deciding whether to simply expel Molodyakov from Cambodia or extradite him to Russia.
“Of course we have to expel him,” Mr. Chantharith said. “We have to protect out people, especially the children.”
Molodyakov, 45, was released from Preah Sihanouk Provincial prison in December, a decision that was met with outcry from rights groups who said he was still a threat to Cambodian children. In March, shortly after he was spotted shopping for vegetables in a Phnom Penh supermarket, the Interior Ministry ordered the arrest of Molodyakov in response to the petition. Since then, Molodyakov’s whereabouts have been largely unknown.
Kandal provincial police chief Iv Chamroeun confirmed that he participated in the arrest, but declined to comment further.
Anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour les Enfants commended the arrest and urged the Cambodian government to extradite the Russia national to his home country.
“This arrest can mark [the] end of his long history of abuse and risks he has posed [to] Cambodian vulnerable children. Cambodia has taken the right decision and we look forward to seeing the next right step the government is going to take,” APLE said in a statement yesterday.
“We recommend that the Cambodian government honor the extradition request from Russia and assist Russia [in] whatever ways possible to prosecute” Molodyakov, it added.