Dutchman accused of sex offences in Cambodian orphanage

Cambodia ncity of Siem Reap
Siem Reap, Cambodia. Pic: Chi King/ Flickr

A 42-year-old man from Leiden is in custody in Cambodia suspected of sexual offences against underage boys.

Dutch and Cambodian justice officials are investigating the allegations against Bas R., who was a manager at an orphanage in the northern city of Siem Reap, AD reported.

R. has been the subject of previous investigations in both countries. Two years Dutch police received a complaint on behalf of two Cambodian children who alleged he had abused them between 2009 and 2013. A Cambodian court acquitted him of similar offences against five children in 2012 after four of the victims withdrew their testimony.

In 2004 he was convicted of abusing a twelve-year-old Dutch boy on a sailing camp and banned from working as an instructor, but the following year crime reporter Peter R. de Vries discovered him applying for jobs at sailing schools in defiance of the ban.

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