Cambodia group blasts short penalty for pedophilia

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Posted: Oct 02, 2012 8:19 AM
Cambodia group blasts short penalty for pedophilia

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian child protection organization has attacked the short jail sentences given to two Frenchmen convicted of pedophilia.

A court in Battambang in northwestern Cambodia convicted 67-year-old Jean Vidon and 63-year-old Denis Page on Tuesday of child sex abuse and gave them jail terms of two years, with one year suspended. They are set to be released in about three weeks because of time already served.

A spokesman for the group Action Pour Les Enfants, which fights against sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia, called the sentences unacceptable. It said the convicted men would be encouraged to continue their behavior.

The two men were arrested in October 2011 at a Battambang hotel and accused of luring two teenage boys from a local park and paying them for sex.