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Neighbors: Charged man friendly, clean-cut

February 23, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Neighbors and friends on Tuesday characterized Pov Srun as a quiet, friendly man who liked to participate in athletic activities, including basketball games.

The 33-year-old Srun was charged Tuesday morning with second-degree rape and other sex offenses in connection with separate incidents involving teenage girls in Brookville, Md., and Bethesda, Md.

Mae Srun, his mother, said they moved to the U.S. from Cambodia in 1980. She said they both live at 838 W. Washington St., a building owned by her daughter for about 10 years.

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Mae Srun, who speaks broken English, was unable to comment on the charges against her son.

William Colvin, a family friend, said Tuesday that Srun's mother "doesn't quite understand all of it yet." He said she is not the only one.

"I couldn't find anyone as nice as him to me," Colvin said. "I'll be in court (supporting him)."

Colvin said Srun was an active man who spent time with his nieces, played basketball and, of late, trained to fight in the upcoming Parsons Ford "Original" Toughman Contest in Martinsburg, W.Va.

According to the Toughman roster of fighters, Srun was to compete in the contest's light heavyweight division this weekend.

Srun is employed at Dot Foods Inc. of Williamsport as a warehouse worker, a company spokesman said.

Theresa Smoot, a friend and a former co-worker of Srun's at the Staples Distribution Center, where he worked several years ago, said the hard-working, friendly Srun "never bothered nobody."

Smoot said Srun's good looks, clean-cut image and polite manners do not fit her perceived profile of someone who would face such charges.

"I can't say nothing bad about the boy from my knowledge of him," said Smoot, who lives across the street from the Sruns.

Srun was married, but he and his wife separated in August 2002 and their divorce was granted in August, 2004, according to Washington County Circuit Court records.

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