British Teacher Returns To UK After Cambodia Child Molestation Convition

A teacher who was convicted of molesting five-year-old in Cambodia has returned to the UK and been to told to join sex offenders register.

Mark Smith, 40, was the vice principal of Golden Bridge International School, in Phnom Penh, when he took the young student home and molested her.

He returned to the UK earlier this year and was ordered to attend British courts over the offence.

Smith, who who now lives in Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, insisted at the hearing at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court that he would: ”Prove his innocence and overturn the conviction.”

Prosecuting, Mr Owens said: ”I understand Mr Smith is seeking to have this case overturned, but as Cambodian laws are similar to UK laws on this offence, he is required to join the sex offenders register here.

”He will be on it for 10 years, but can be removed if the conviction is overturned”

Smith moved to Siem Reap, Cambodia, in 2007, where he started working at Smart Kids International School.

He became the vice Principal at Golden Bridge International School in Phnom Penh in 2014 but was removed after parents of the girl claimed he had assaulted her.

The allegations surfaced on Cambodian radio in July 2017 when the host was discussing the case of British paedophile Clive Cressy, a doctor arrested for abusing girls.

He was convicted of an indecent sexual act against a minor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on March 22 this year.

Smith, a father of two, was previously fined five million Cambodian Riels ($1,250), and was handed a two year suspended jail sentence.

Cambodia allows a three-month window to appeal convictions. This has now passed.

Khoem Vando from Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), which worked on the case, said in March this year there was ”sufficient evidence was found to justify the arrest of Mark Andrew Smith”.

Speaking after the verdict yesterday, APLE Executive Director Seila Samleang added: ”It is a grave concern to observe the growing incidence of child sexual abuse in private schools, orphanages and child welfare organisations over the last few years.”

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