Trials Set for Ex-Monk, Suspected Gang Rapists

Three teenagers accused of attempted gang rape, and a 22-year-old former Buddhist monk who was reportedly caught raping a 14-year-old girl are scheduled to appear in Kompong Speu and Battambang provincial courts Mon­day, police said Sun­day.

Pouch Saran, 22, was arrested Friday on a small road in Battam­bang province’s Battam­bang district when police caught him raping a 14-year-old girl, said Khiev Chhoeuth, chief of Battambang provincial police’s juvenile protection section.

“[The accused] just left the monkhood on Wednesday after several months. He confessed to police that he wanted to have sex, so he decided to borrow his friend’s motorbike to flirt with girls on the streets,” Khiev Chhoeuth said. “Disguised as a motorbike taxi driver, he took the victim to a quiet place and raped her.”

The suspect threatened to strangle his victim if she cried for help, but police on patrol arrived on the scene, Khiev Chhoeuth added. “[The suspect] claimed that he thought the victim was a sex worker,” he said.

In an unrelated case in Kom­pong Speu’s Kong Pisei district, a 13-year-old girl was reportedly raped by an 18-year-old man, said provincial Deputy police Chief Chea Vuth. Though the suspect is still at large, three suspected accomplices are in custody.

Suspects Dang Darath, 18; Nuon Vandy, 19; and a 15-year-old boy, all friends of the accused rapist, were attempting to gang rape the girl but were stopped by the arrival of her parents and neighbors, Chea Vuth said.


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