Police Arrest Mexican for Rape of Minor in S’ville

Police in Sihanoukville on Sunday arrested a 59-year-old Mexican man they suspect of raping an underage girl at his home in the coastal city earlier in the day, officials said Monday.

“He is being held in custody at the police station” for questioning, said Pen Kanha, the deputy Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief handling the case.

“The victim is under age 15,” Ms. Kanha said, refusing to answer further questions. An Chhun, chief of the provincial police’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau, identified the suspect as Mexican national Bernardo Paez, 59, who he said was arrested at his rented house in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune on Sunday afternoon, shortly after the victim’s family filed a complaint with local police.

“The victim’s family submitted a complaint to police accusing the suspect of rape,” Mr. Chhun said.

“He committed the crime at his house,” he added, declining to discuss the case further.

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