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Michael James Dodd of Washington, D.C. was arrested in Cambodia this week for soliciting sex from two girls, aged 13 and 14, reports the Associated Press:
Michael James Dodd of Washington, DC, was arrested at his rented house in the capital, Phnom Penh, on Sunday, said police Maj. Gen. Bith Kimhong.
He said police who raided the house found the two girls, ages 13 and 14, inside with Dodd.
Dodd was charged during a court appearance on Tuesday, said prosecutor Sok Kalyan. If convicted, Dodd could face up to 10 years in prison, Sok Kalyan said.
The suspect’s Cambodian lawyer, So Dara, said his client denied the allegation against him.
Cambodia has long been a magnet for foreign pedophiles because of poverty and law enforcement undermined by corruption. But the country’s police and courts have stepped up action against sex offenders in recent years.