70-year-old held for molesting Cambodian boys

A 70-year-old retired British teacher has been charged with molesting at least five minor boys in Cambodia, a media report said.

Reginald Blakeley, who allegedly molested the children as young as seven, was held after investigators secretly filmed him approaching youngsters outside schools, The Sun reported. Eleven boys in Siem Reap city complained to police about the man's behaviour while five said he committed indecent acts on them.

Blakeley visited Cambodia five times since 2010. He was also filmed with children at a stall outside two schools near the world-famous Angkor Wat temple. Child protection group Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) said it monitored him after claims of indecency.

APLE official Long Samnang alleged that Blakeley would pretend to be playing with the children and start hugging them. Blakeley is in custody and faces trial at the Siem Reap provincial court. He faces up to three years in jail and a 10,000 pound fine if convicted.

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