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The 64-year-old Australian teacher has been found guilty of sexual assault and is being held in Cambodia for two years

Australian teacher, 64, found guilty of sexual assault and detained for two years in Cambodia, but child prostitution charges are dropped

  • Australian teacher Garry Mulroy has been in Cambodia for two years
  • He was found guilty of sexual assault, but more serious charges were dropped
  • Allegations that were dropped included charges that harassed Mulroy schoolboys

A Cambodian court has found former Australian teacher Garry Mulroy on a minor sexual assault charge and sentenced him to two years in prison, but charges of child prostitution have been dismissed.

“He was prepared for the verdict. He’s upset, but doing well, ” his risk management adviser Ross Milosevic told AAP on Tuesday.

Mulroy had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for charges of harassing six boys at a home school he was building. The court in Siem Reap has ordered that the served time be taken into account.

A Cambodian court has found former Australian teacher Garry Mulroy on a minor sexual assault charge and sentenced him to two years' imprisonment, but charges of child prostitution have been dropped

A Cambodian court has found former Australian teacher Garry Mulroy on a minor sexual assault charge and sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment, but charges of child prostitution have been dropped

Mulroy is eligible for release in June next year, but he is considering an appeal, according to friends.

The more serious charges were dropped after Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) withdrew legal representation, despite initially accusing former Australian Catholic teacher of Lismore of sex crimes against children aged 11-14.

Police Chief Colonel Chea Heng of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Youth Protection Division in Siem Reap also did not attend any hearing.

“Indecent attack – considered a crime – unfortunately Garry was found guilty of this. We half expected this result because it will allow the judges and the police to save face and justify Garry’s arrest, ” said Joel Saye, an old friend from Australia.

Mulroy’s case had sparked huge interest in Cambodia and Australia, where an independent report by Milosevic ordered by the defense revealed that the allegations were an offer by police, NGOs, judiciary and government officials to extort money.

He had previously worked for an orphanage but left due to a disagreement over the children’s finances and treatment and decided to establish his own school, Education House, which led to small rivalry between foreign-run NGOS in the northwest of Siem Reap.

Mulroy had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for charges of harassing six boys at a home school he was building

Mulroy had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for charges of harassing six boys at a home school he was building

Mulroy had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for charges of harassing six boys at a home school he was building

The report also said that police interviews with the boys were not conducted under adult supervision and were conducted “under extreme coercion, intimidation and extortion” to secure charges against Mulroy.

“The allegation of sexual assault is ridiculous because all the boys said three times in the prosecution, the investigating judge and directly in court that they were never touched by Garry,” Milosevic said after the verdict.

Copies of the report have been sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Secretary of State Marise Payne, among others.

Australia has classified Cambodia as a country at level four, the lowest of the rankings. The online travel advice includes: “Traveling to this location puts you at high risk of death, imprisonment, kidnapping or serious injury.”

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