British teacher arrested for ‘sexually assaulting’ two girls aged 13 and 17 in Cambodia
- Matthew Watkin, 37, from Shrewsbury, taught English in Siem Reap
- Arrested yesterday after a mother claimed to have abused her two girls, ages 13 and 17
- Watkin told the police that he was kissing the two girls good night
A British teacher was arrested in Cambodia after allegedly sexually assaulting two teenage girls.
Matthew William Watkin, 37, of Shrewsbury, had taught English to children in Siem Reap Province for months before being detained yesterday.
The mother of the two girls aged 13 and 17 complained to the police on Monday that the Briton abused her daughters.
She said the children were relatives of Mr. Watkin’s wife, and they were staying close to him.
Watkin reportedly told police he kissed the two girls good night and his stubble rubbed their faces. He denied that they had sexually assaulted them.
Matthew William Watkin, 37, of Shrewsbury, had been teaching English to children in Siem Reap Province for several months before being detained yesterday for alleged abuse
Officers of the Cambodian Anti-Trafficking and Youth Protection Agency have now charged Mr Watkin with the sexual abuse of the girls.
They have sent Mr. Watkin to pre-trial detention so that he “will be sent to court for further proceedings.”
Head of Department, Colonel Chea Heng, said: “Matthew William Watkin, 37, with a British passport, was accused by a mother of the sexual abuse of her two daughters aged 13 and 17 on May 18.
After receipt of the complaint, the case was reported to the public prosecutor for investigation. On May 20, 2020, we summoned Mr. Watkin for questioning.
Officers of the Cambodian Anti-Trafficking and Youth Protection Agency have now charged Mr Watkin with the sexual abuse of the girls
“He said the kids were staying with him and his wife. He said that just before bed he kissed their foreheads and that his facial hair rubbed their faces. He said there was no sex. ‘
Colonel Chea Heng said the matter was reported to Mr Kert Vannareth, prosecutor of Siem Reap Provincial Court, after being questioned by Mr Watkin. The Briton was subsequently formally arrested on May 20, 2020 at 11:55 PM.
The police chief added, “The suspect is currently being held and will be sent to court for further procedures.”
The MailOnline has contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy in Cambodia for comment.