September 19, 2010
A Buddhist monk Net Kai was sentenced to one year in prison for producing and distributing pornography after being detained for nearly a month, according to a judge.
Thirty Seven-year-old Net Kai, who was former monk at Srah Chak pagoda, taped more than 600 women pouring sacred water over themselves in the pagoda bathroom. He was sued by a 23-year-old victim who approached police since her naked body in video clips has been shared to the public. Other three women also filed complaint against him.
Judge Kim Dany said that he the monk was fined with the two million riel (500 dollars) and was ordered to pay compensation of 10,000 dollars to the victim.
“He still faces similar charges brought against him from three other women,” she said.
Net Khai was arrested in June at his pagoda in the Cambodian capital and was subsequently stripped of his religious status.
Buddhist monks are revered in Cambodia, where Buddhists make up more than 90 percent of the population. There are more than 55,000 monks across the country, which has 4,300 temple complexes.