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Brit arrested on child pornography charges in Chiang Mai given suspended sentence

A British father of two and long term resident of Chiang Mai has been given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay a fines totalling 83,000 baht after being found guilty of charges relating to child pornography, sexual abuse and holding a child against their will.

On Monday, Fang Provincial Court found Fabian Frederick Blandford guilty of committing lewd acts against children under the age of 15 and was sentenced to three months in jail suspended for two years and ordered to pay a fine of 3,000 baht, reported the Bangkok Post.

In another charge related to violating the Human Trafficking Act 2008 and child exploitation, Blandford was given a four year jail term suspended for three years and ordered to pay an 80,000 baht fine.

Blandford will also have to report to probation officers and complete 48 hours of community service.

Blandford was arrested in January after the Thai authorities received a tip off from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Images uploaded from an IP address used by Blandford were traced by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a non-profit group funded by the U.S. government.

A raid on the home he shared with his wife and two children in the Fang province of Chiang Mai recovered a number of indecent images of children from his computer.

Blandford, a fluent Thai speaker, had reportedly spent time as a Buddhist monk and had taught English to school children in Fang.

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