DENPASAR ~ A court in neighboring Lombok has sentenced an Australian luxury hotel manager to four years in prison for sexually abusing teenage boys.
Donald John Storen, 57, was accused of abusing four boys earlier this year on the island.
“The defendant has been proven to conduct criminal acts as charged by the prosecutors,” Judge Ida Bagus Putu Madeg said during sentencing at the court in the capital Mataram on Tuesday.
Storen looked disappointed when the judge handed him the sentence and told his lawyer “I am appealing immediately.”
In June, Storen took four teenage boys, aged between 13 and 15, to a room in the luxury Senggigi Reef Resort he managed and sexually assaulted them while watching a pornographic movie, the court heard earlier.
Madeg said that the testimony of witnesses called by Storen’s side contradicted testimony from other witnesses.
Storen told reporters he was disappointed the panel of judges did not believe their testimony.
While Storen’s lawyers said they would appeal the verdict, prosecutors said they would appeal for a longer sentence.
Indonesia, particularly in Bali and Lombok, is increasingly being used as a haven by foreign pedophiles and child sex networks, activists say.
Another Australian was arrested in Jakarta last month for allegedly molesting more than 50 children since moving here in 2000.
A former Australian diplomat hanged himself in his cell in Bali in 2004 after he was jailed for 13 years on child sex offences.
The UN Children’s Fund says trafficking and abuse of children are serious problems in Indonesia, where an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 children are victims of sexual exploitation and around 100,000 are trafficked every year.
At least 30 percent of female sex workers in Indonesia are under 18, with children as young as 10 are forced into prostitution, UNICEF says.