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Cambodian court sentences Australian schoolteacher to 5 years in child sex abuse

A court in Cambodia's capital has sentenced a schoolteacher from Australia to five years in prison after finding him guilty of sexually abusing six underage boys.

Judge Kor Vandy said 52-year-old George Moussallie was convicted on Thursday of two charges, sexual intercourse with a minor under age 15 and indecent acts with a minor under age 15. His alleged victims ranged in age from three to 13 years old.

Moussallie denied the charges.

The group Action Pour Les Enfants, a private organization that campaigns against child sexual exploitation, said Moussallie has lived in Cambodia for about five years. It said the six boys he was charged with abusing testified against him.