'CHARGED WITH PURCHASING SEX FROM A MINOR'
Scott Vadim Benderman was arrested in a room in the Haing Lay Hotel in the city shortly after midnight early yesterday morning.
The arrest was made by the Anti-Human Trafficking and Youth Protection Office of the Battambang Provincial Police, allegedly after a tip off from the hotel, No ngo's were involved.
Benderman, aged 43, allegedly enticed the boy back to his room for the equivalent of US$2.
Police claim that has confessed and would go to court charged with purchasing sex from a minor.
He had only been in Cambodia a short time and lived and worked in Thailand.
A Canadian called Scott Vadim from Montreal has been working as a teacher for two schools in Bangkok and is well known as a musician, who put on a recent school concert.
|'Arrest' picture Santepheap Daily|
The Khmer 440 website is running the story under the headline ‘Well Known Canadian Musician Vadim Scott Arrested in Battambang’.
|Picture Santepheap Daily|
Pictures of Vadim on Facebook show him with his pupils and also dressed up recently as a ‘Joker’ dueling with Batman at a recent party, believed to be in Bangkok.
It appears he has a short history at one of the schools.
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