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Vietnam police arrest two suspects in separate child rape, molestation cases

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 12:46 GMT+7
Vietnam police arrest two suspects in separate child rape, molestation cases
People are seen at a park where a ten-year-old girl is allegedly raped in Ho Chi Minh City, in this photo posted on Facebook.

Police in Vietnam said on Friday they have arrested two local men for separate investigations into their alleged rape and molestation against children.

A 32-year-old man in Nha Trang, the capital of the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, is being held on suspicion of molesting a fifth-grade girl, according to the municipal police department.           

Le Chinh Truc is accused of breaking into the Vinh Truong Elementary School, taking the schoolgirl into the toilet and conducted lewd acts upon the child, the school board said in their official report to the Nha Trang police department and education bureau.

Upon his arrest, Truc confessed to the police that he had broken into the school twice this month to molest the fifth grader.

The restroom, located in the backyard of the school, is not equipped with any CCTV cameras, according to Tran Nguyen Lap, head of the municipal education bureau.

Truc is being probed on charges of committing or attempting lewd acts upon a child under 16.

The schoolgirl said the man who took her into the toilet is the father of one of her friends.

The student said the man had met her several times, both at the school and her home, during which he would always give her sweets as gifts.

In their latest encounter on April 3, the man gave the fifth-grader some candies and took her to the restroom. But he immediately fled the scene after being caught by a school guard, she said.

Le Chinh Truc is seen in this photo provided by the police.
Le Chinh Truc is seen in this photo provided by the police.

In the meantime, police in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City said on Friday they had arrested and put in custody Luong Tuan Buu, 28, suspected of raping a ten-year-old girl and molesting another underage girl at a local park.

According to preliminary information, the victim, known only as N., was playing with two other girls, aged nine and eight, at a park in District 5’s Ward 6 at around 7:30 pm on Thursday, when Buu approached and took her away.

Buu allegedly raped L. right at the park and only released the girl when she shouted in pain.

N. went home and told her family of what happened, and the parents immediately reported the case to police.

Police identified Buu as the suspect and summoned him for work, before an urgent arrest warrant was issued for him on Friday.

Buu confessed to raping the ten-year-old at the park.

District 5 police said Buu had previously molested another underage girl at the same park.

Luong Tuan Buu is seen in this photo provided by the police.
Luong Tuan Buu is seen in this photo provided by the police.

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