PHNOM PENH – Australian National George Moussallie, 53, who was teaching English in Cambodia was charged yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court with committing an indecent act against a minor under 15 and possessing child pornography.
“This case now has been transferred to the investigating judge for further investigation and decision,” deputy prosecutor Seang Sok said yesterday.
Colonel Eang Chanlon, chief of the Juvenile Protection Program of the Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department, said Australian George Moussallie was arrested in a police raid on his residence in Daun Penh district on Sundat that reportedly found him in his room with two young boys.
“Police rescued two young boys under 11 years old from his room,” Chanlon said, noting that the boys said Moussallie had sexually abused them.
Police also seized a laptop containing many images of child pornography, he added.
Moussallie and his lawyers declined to answer reporters’ questions at the court.
Meanwhile, Police are searching for an Australian woman they allege abused children at the Ankar Sang Kros Chon Osh Sankhem orphanage in Pailin province.
Following an investigation yesterday into allegations of withheld food and beatings at the centre, police determined that 50-year-old contract worker Val Vary was responsible.
Sak Samoun, deputy chief of the Social Affairs Department in the province, said Vary had not provided enough food for the children, did not take them to hospital when they were ill and even beat them.
“We think that it is the fault of one person, so we do not have plans to close the centre, but we will file a compliant to the police to find the woman who escaped,” he said.
Vary lost her job at the orphanage after the allegations surfaced, police said, and has since fled the province.
Orphanage director Bun Lean Rin said that Vary worked there for two months as a babysitter, and when the allegations surfaced, “we sacked her”.