HANOI – Canadian Vadim Scott Benderman, 46, has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing underage homeless boys he met on Hanoi’s streets, a court official said on Thursday, in a rare prosecution for the offense.
Benderman, 46, who taught English at a foreign language center and played music in bars in Hanoi, was found guilty at a trial in the capital Hanoi on Wednesday.
“He was charged for having sex with four local homeless teen-aged boys he met in the centre of Hanoi between late 2014 and his arrest in the middle of last year,” the clerk said.
According to local media reports, Benderman met the boys in central Hanoi before luring them to his apartment and paying them around $13 for sex.
Scott Bendermanm had left Cambodia in 2014 for Vietnam after police in Cambodia arrested him for having sex with a minor.
Battambang Provincial Police arrested Bendermanm on suspicion of having taken a 14 year old boy to his room for sex in a hotel located north of Boeng Chouk Market, in Prairk Mahatep Village, Svay Pow Commune, Battambang Town after a tip-off from his hotel.
Benderman will be deported after completing his four-year jail term, the clerk added.
The Hanoi-based Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, which works with at-risk youth, said it was “relieved” Benderman was behind bars but would have liked a longer sentence.
In a statement posted on its website the foundation lauded Vietnamese authorities for managing to “catch and imprison this pedophile who has been abusing children”.
The indictment said his “behavior infringed upon the teenagers’ physical and psychological development,” according to a report on the VNExpress news site.
It also “badly influenced (Vietnam’s) customs and causing social disorder,” the report added.
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