Police in Koh Kong province arrested a man on Saturday for repeatedly raping and eventually impregnating his 15-year-old stepdaughter, according to Khemara Phoumint City police chief Riel Chandara.
Police identified the man as Lor Saray, 36, an ice cream seller.
Mr. Chandara said the mother of the victim came to the police station at about 9 p.m. on Saturday and complained that her husband had detained her daughter in their bedroom.
“When the police arrived at the house, she was actually found detained in the room,” Mr. Chandara said, adding that police were able to rescue the girl and bring Mr. Saray in for questioning.
Mr. Chandara said Mr. Saray was detained at the station overnight, and that officials questioned the victim on Sunday.
“She was raped four times by her stepfather, and currently she is one month and four days pregnant,” Mr. Chandara said, adding that she said her stepfather had threatened to harm her and her mother if she told anyone.
The mother told police she didn’t know her husband had been raping her daughter until her daughter began to get morning sickness and realized she was pregnant, according to Mr. Chandara.
Mr. Saray will be sent to the provincial court this morning, he said.
In a separate case, a teenage boy was handed over to police by the parents of a 5-year-old girl after they caught him sexually abusing her at a pagoda in Phnom Penh on Thursday, officers said on Sunday.
The incident happened at about 9:30 a.m. at Toek Thla pagoda in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune during a funeral ceremony for one of the victim’s relatives, according to commune police chief Sok Sophal.
Mr. Sophal said the suspect, 16-year-old Vet Savuth, was working as a fan installer at the ceremony and abused the victim at the back of the kitchen hall.
Sen Sok district penal police chief Yim Davuth said the suspect removed the victim’s clothes and began touching himself and the victim before cutting his own penis with a fingernail.
“The girl screamed out when she saw the blood, which caused the unexpected moment in the funeral,” he said.
Mr. Davuth said Mr. Savuth was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Sunday morning but did not know if he had been charged.
Court officials could not be reached.