Cambodia jails US man for abusing children

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Phnom Penh -

An American man sought in the United States on child sex allegations has been convicted in Cambodia on charges he sexually abused five boys at a Christian orphanage he ran.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Daniel Johnson to one year in prison for abusing five boys, aged 11 to 15, at the Hope Transitions orphanage where he served as director, the child protection group Action Pour Les Enfants said.

Johnson, 35, was arrested in December on a request from the FBI, which had tracked him to Cambodia as part of a US investigation into his alleged sexual assault of minors at home.

Cambodian authorities launched their own investigation and criminal case against Johnson.

He is expected to be extradited to the US after serving his sentence. - Sapa-AP

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