Police in the Banyuwangi regency of East Java have arrested an Australian national, identified by his initials DL (38), after he was accused of repeatedly engaging in sexual relations with a minor.
According to the police, DL met with the victim, a 15-year-old boy identified by his initials MI, last year at a holiday resort in Banyuwangi. In January 2019, DL rented a house in the regency and invited MI to visit on numerous occasions.
“And then [DL] invited [MI] to watch adult movies with him on his phone. [The phone] has become evidence. That’s when the sexual abuse happened, when the child’s libido is raised,” Banyuwangi Police Deputy Chief Andi Yudha told reporters yesterday, as quoted by Detik.
DL allegedly gave MI IDR100K-200K (US$7-14) for each visit to convince the teenager to engage in sexual activities with him.
Andi added that MI’s parents eventually learned of their son’s visits to DL’s home and reported the Australian to the police.
“We have apprehended [DL] and are keeping him in custody for the next few days because we have sufficient evidence… The culprit has confessed and has been cooperative enough with investigators,” Andi said.
DL was charged with sexual assault under Indonesia’s Child Protection Law. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
Police say they are still investigating the case further to find out if there were other victims.
In 2016, Indonesia introduced chemical castration as a possible punishment for child molestation. Recently, a man convicted of raping nine girls became the first to be sentenced with chemical castration, but authorities still have no means to carry out the controversial punishment.