Scrutiny Turns to Child Abusers Among Clergy

BY HANNAH HAWKINS, APRIL 26, 2017, The Cambodia Daily

Up to seven foreign clergymen are serving time in Cambodian prisons for child sex crimes, according to the executive director of a child protection NGO, a situation highlighted by the arrest of a Dutch priest who was charged last week with producing child pornography.

Evrard-Nicolas Sarot, 53, who was a parish priest in the Netherlands, is accused of paying 19 boys, all under the age of 15, a few dollars each to pose nude for photographs in Siem Reap City.

Another four victims have been identified since the 19 were interviewed by police last week, and other unidentified victims could have been photographed in the Philippines, where Mr. Sarot may also have worked as a priest, Samleang Seila, head of Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), said on Tuesday.


Police said Mr. Sarot was found to have nearly 1,300 images on his camera and 3,715 more on a laptop.

The church in the Netherlands has also since admitted that . . . 

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