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Suspected paedophile charged in Cambodia.

Byline: James McCarthy Reporter

THIS was the moment suspected paedophile Michael Jones was snapped with a small child on his lap in Cambodia.

e 55-year-old was also pictured strolling hand in hand with an 11-year-old girl.

e images led to Jones' arrest on suspicion of sexually abusing girls in the capital Phnom Penh.

One 11-year-old has made allegations to police that she was paid PS3 for sex after being taken three times to a rented room by a man.

Charity Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) took the pictures of Jones while investigating him after suspicions were raised last year.

"On April 9, 2013, an APLE investigator commenced the investigation into Michael Jones when he was contacting two under-age Cambodian girls along the river front," an APLE spokesman said.

e children were thought to be 12 or 13.

"Shortly afterward Michael Jones brought the same two under-age girls to a shopping centre, where APLE investigators witnessed him buying some unidenti'ed stu' for the same two girls and he gave some money for the girls to play games.

"After entertaining the two girls, he brought them back to their houses."

On April 12, 2013, Michael Jones left Cambodia. His destination was unknown. On June 9 this year he returned.

"APLE investigators reactivated the investigation and found out that Michael Jones was in contact with an under-age girl whom he took into his rented room in the Lake Side area," the spokesman said.

"e investigation by APLE found Michael Jones didn't stay in the rented house."

He stayed at a hotel. He returned to the house with the 11-year-old.

"e continuation of the APLE investigation found that Michael Jones always approached the same girl, who he took into his rented house," the APLE spokesman said.

He took her shopping, bought her food and went to the cinema with her. He is alleged to have been seen "hugging and kissing" the girl and was seen to "groom" three others.

e charity spokesman claimed Jones was seen promising to pay the rent for one family. It is alleged he then abused youngsters under a bridge.

"On June 24, the police from Phnom Penh Anti-Human Tra"cking and Juvenile Protection Unit arrested Michael Jones at Olympic taxi station," the APLE spokesman said.

Six girls were taken to the police station to be interviewed. Four claimed they had been abused by Jones, who is said to be from South Wales.

"On June 27, 2014, Michael Jones was o"cially charged by Phnom Penh's court prosecutor and he was remanded to Prey Sar prison awaiting further court proceedings and trial," the APLE spokesman said.

He was charged with carrying out indecent acts against minors and paying for child prostitution. If found guilty, he faces eight years in jail.

"After the rescue, one victim was referred to a secure shelter while the other three remain on the street with their family," the APLE spokesman said.

Anti-tra"cking charity Ecpat UK was worried by the news.

"ere are many cases where o'enders will be tried and rightly convicted, but it seems like something is still not working because we are still hearing of new cases," a spokeswoman said.

She was pleased by Jones' court appearance.

"We hope this acts as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they can go to countries like Cambodia and abuse vulnerable children."

Laws exist to ban convicted paedophiles from travelling abroad.

But UK cops knew nothing of Geneva-born Jones. ey have no record of him o'ending here.


Photograph of Michael Jones taken by Charity Action |Pour Les Enfants
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:9CAMB
Date:Aug 4, 2014
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