This is the second foreigner sentenced to prison for child sex abuse in Cambodia this week.
Yin Srang, a spokesman for the court in the northeastern province of Siem Reap, said Roy Sheppard was sentenced on Friday for indecent acts committed against three boys 12 to 16 years old.
Action Pour Les Enfants, a non-governmental group that fights the sexual abuse of children, said Sheppard was arrested in October after complaints were received from the boys’ parents. It said it was unclear if he would serve his sentence, since he was at large after being released on bail for health reasons.
The ex-air traffic controller from Leeds was arrested during a police stake out, according to British newspaper The Mirror.
Poverty and poor law enforcement have made Cambodia a magnet for foreign paedophiles, but the government has cracked down on sex offenders in the past decade.
And cudos to them for coming down on child sex tourists. Keep it up; the message will get out sooner or later.