Cambodian monk charged with sexually molesting young French girl

A Cambodian Buddhist monk may serve up to three years in prison if convicted on charges of molesting an 8-year-old French girl visting the ancient temples of Angkor with her family, officials said Monday. The monk, Ouk Ratha, was charged with sexual harrassment Saturday after police received a complaint from the girl's parents, said Sun Bunthong, a police officer in Siem Reap province. He said the monk, who has been defrocked, lured the girl to a quiet spot among the temples Friday before touching her genitals. Under Cambodian law, the monk faces a prison term of up to three years if convicted, the officer said.