James McCabe, of the Task Force Echo, said the arrest was made in Phnom Penh as a result of negotiations with the offender, who after being subject to intensive media and investigation believed he could not escape from Cambodia and decided to surrender.
He was now being held at the National Police headquarters Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department, where he would be processed to be formally handed over to the Belgian and Dutch police.
Ceulen – given a 19-year sentence in absentia by a Belgian court on Jan 21 for distribution of child pornography and sex offences against children – has been on the run in the Kingdom, and has been spotted by residents in Siem Reap, where he has a villa.
McCabe said foreign pedophiles should take note. “This should be a warning to all foreign pedophiles that perceive Cambodia as a safe haven; those days are well and truly gone, you will be located and will be arrested and returned.”
Task force Echo was established on March 2 after information was received by the Cambodian National Police from the Belgian and Netherlands police services after they requested assistance in locating and arresting Ceulen.