U.S. National Sentenced to 22 years Jail for Abusing Cambodian Boys
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, (8th December 2016)- On Wednesday 7th December 2016, a US federal court in Los Angeles sentenced Erik Leonardus Peeters (48) to 22 years imprisonment for illicit sexual conduct with underage Cambodian boys. He was also placed on supervised release for life and prohibited from returning to Cambodia. Peeters was charged with engaging in illicit sexual conduct with at least five Cambodian boys between the ages of 11 and 16 years old. Peeters, who arrived in Cambodia in May 2008, paid the minors $5 to $10 for sex. He was arrested in February 2009 by the Cambodian authorities.After being expelled from Cambodia Peeters was charged in the United States under the Protect Act, which became law in 2003 and made it easier for the U.S. to prosecute people in the United States for overseas sex crimes. On March 13, 2012, Erik Leonardus Peeters, pleaded guilty to abusing two of the five identified victims, who were 13 and 14 years old at the time.
Hagar Cambodia welcomes the sentence, which brings a measure of justice and closure to our clients after going through extremely traumatic experiences and a lengthy legal process.
“It is encouraging to see how the US government has pursued this case and other cases against U.S. citizens who have committed sex crimes against children in Cambodia. We hope that this serves as an example for other countries to follow suit and take legal action against their citizens who come to Cambodia to prey on vulnerable children”, said Micaela Cronin, Chief Executive Officer of Hagar International.
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