UK Man Arrested After Child Sex Investigation

A British national was arrested Tuesday in Phnom Penh on suspicion of sexually abusing at least three girls aged between 8 and 11 years, police said.

Michael Glyn Jones, 55, was arrested outside Olympic Market at about 9 a.m. after an investigation by police and child protection group Action Pour Les Enfants found Mr. Jones regularly met with underage girls and lured them to his house near the former Boeng Kak lake, said Keo Thea, chief of the municipal anti-human trafficking police.

“He would lure the underage girls and bring them to the rented house because the hotel wouldn’t allow it,” he said.

APLE began investigating Mr. Jones in early 2013, after a tip-off by an informant.

In photos published online by local media outlets, Mr. Jones is seen openly walking in public while holding hands with a small girl. Yi Moden, deputy director of field operations at APLE, said he was pleased by the arrest.

“We’re delighted to see the arrest and compliment the police’s swift action to stop him from further abusing,” he said. “This man is dangerous for children.”

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