Man on Trial in US for Sex Abuse in Cambodia

An American man who served prison time in Cambodia for sexually abusing five boys under the care of his Phnom Penh orphanage is currently on trial in the U.S. for alleged crimes he committed in Cambodia between 2005 and 2013.

According to U.S. media reports, Daniel Johnson, 39, pleaded not guilty to a string of charges—including aggravated sexual abuse, which carries a minimum prison sentence of 30 years—at a district court in Oregon on Tuesday.

Mr. Johnson was deported to the U.S. in 2014 after completing his one-year sentence, and was immediately arrested and charged with one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.

He is now charged with six counts of that crime, along with seven counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and eight counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to court documents.

The case is based on accusations from six underage boys, while the Cambodian case was based on five.

Samleang Seila, director of anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, who helped build the Cambodian case against Mr. Johnson, said on Wednesday that he was not sure if the victims in the U.S. case were the same victims identified in the Cambodian case.

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