This was the moment a suspected U.S. paedophile was arrested after feeling to Cambodia.
William David Brenner, 63, had been wanted for the alleged ”continuous sexual abuse of a child” in Houston, Texas.
But authorities were unable to arrest him over the suspected abuse after he fled to South East Asia. He was finally tracked down this month by American officials who alerted local authorities.
Police in Preah Sihanouk province pounced on Brenner last Wednesday night and he was held on visa related offences while being deported.
Cambodia Interior Minister Sar Kheng said that U.S. authorities had cancelled William’s passport and he was found to be staying illegally in the country.
Police chief Major General Chuon Narin said Brenner did not have a job and was arrested as he left a hotel in the coastal city last Wednesday at 7.30pm.
He added: ”The suspect did not have a passport with him and we do not know how long he has been in the country. Cambodian officers arrested him after following information from he U.S. Regional Security Office.
”We were notified of his presence here and the allegations of child abuse. We acted on the information and executed the arrest warrant to question him for staying in the country illegally.”
The Regional Security Office said the suspect had entered the country without valid travel documents.
US embassy spokesman Emily Zeeberg said: ”The US embassy cooperated with Cambodian law enforcement officers to arrest William Brenner, who is facing charges in the United States.”
Brenner is set to be deported this week to face allegations of child abuse in Houston.
Samleang Seila from children’s charity Action Pour Les Enfants said: ”We urge Cambodian authorities to quickly deport him and blacklist him from ever entering Cambodia again.”