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Senior monk faints on hearing news of his arrest for molesting a boy

A senior monk in robes fainted when police presented a warrant for his arrest on charges of sexual assault of a boy under 15.

Phra Sunthorn Jaksan, 48, a well known missionary in the Hang Dong area of Chiang Mai, collapsed to the ground on hearing the news.

He had to be carried into the abbot’s quarters. He came round after some time and denied the charges but would not submit to defrocking reported Thairath.

He then passed out again. When he came round for a second time he agreed to have his orange robes removed in the defrocking process.

He was dressed in white and taken immediately to Hang Dong police station and detained on charges of sexual assault of a boy not yet 15.

Region 5 police said that yesterday’s arrest was a follow up from the arrest of a Japanese man in Chiang Mai at the end of last year. “Mr Soo” was arrested after liaison with Interpol on charges of sexual assault against young boys.

One of the boys involved said that he had offered himself for sex to Phra Sunthorn and this led to the issuing of a warrant on February 15th for the arrest of the monk.

 

Thai Visa /  Thairath

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