Friday, September 11, 2009

Cambodia charges Japanese man for sex with minor+
PHNOM PENH, Sept. 11 (AP) - (Kyodo)—A Cambodian court has charged a Japanese man with child abuse for having sex with a minor, offenses punishable by seven to 15 years in prison, a prosecutor said Friday.

Kry Sok Y, deputy prosecutor at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, told Kyodo News that Atsushi Kato, 40, from Aichi Prefecture was arrested Monday in Phnom Penh and was charged Wednesday after allegedly confessing to having sex with an underage Cambodian girl.

According to Kry Sok Y, Kato bought sexual favors from a 13-year-old girl for $15 on Aug. 7.

Kato and the girl both allegedly confessed that money had been exchanged in return for sex.

Kato was arrested after he met with the girl at a rehabilitation center in Phnom Penh where she was sent for education after she was discovered working at a brothel in the city.

In July, another Japanese man was sentenced by the same court to six years in jail for taking photos of nude Cambodian children.

In recent years, many cases of child abuses by pedophiles have been reported in tourist centers such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

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