Pursat Police Search for Suspected Child Rapist

Police in Pursat province are looking to arrest a 63-year-old man for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl on Saturday at an abandoned house in Bakan district while the girl’s parents were away, police said Sunday.

Chea Arun, Bakan deputy district police chief, said the victim’s family filed a complaint against Tim Tem, a 63-year-old scavenger, shortly after the attack on Saturday afternoon.

“At about 3:50 p.m., the girl’s parents left their daughter alone at the house,” Mr. Arun said. “When the suspect saw the girl was alone, he called to her to come out of the house, saying he would give her 1,000 riel.”

Mr. Arun said the suspect then grabbed the girl and took her to an empty house about 50 meters away from her family’s house in Boeng Khnar commune, where he took off her clothes and raped her.

“However, when the girl shouted repeatedly for help the man ran out of the house and fled,” he said. “The villagers told police they saw Mr. Tem quickly ride away on a bicycle after the incident but they don’t know where he went.”

Mr. Arun said that police in three neighboring districts had joined the search for the alleged rapist.

In a separate case also in Pursat province, police are searching for a 26-year-old man who allegedly raped his 11-year-old sister-in-law on October 10 in Veal Veng district, according to provincial police.

To Taing Eng, chief of the provincial police’s technical and scientific bureau, said police were searching for Kan Meth, a farmer who allegedly raped the victim when his wife left him alone with the girl at their house in Krapoeu Pi commune. The suspect then fled when his wife returned half an hour later, he added.

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