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Police have arrested a monk at a Nonthaburi temple on charges that he committed statutory rape with a child under the age of 15.
Phra Sorasak Siriphattho or Sorasak Jainork, 61, admitted the crime but said that the sex was consensual.
He was arrested on a warrant issued in Chaiyaphum in 2008 and has been defrocked and taken back to Ban Khai police station in that north eastern Thai province.
Sorasak was reported to police in 2008 after it emerged that he had a relationship with a 14 year old M2 student who lived with her grandmother near a temple where Sorasak was a monk.
They struck up a friendship and used to have sex regularly in the monks’ quarters. Sorasak was 50 at the time.
After the warrant was issued he went on the run and left the monkhood to get a job. Later he reordained and stayed in several temples before ending up in one in Bang Bua Thong where he was arrested.
He said the relationship with “A” was consensual but the charge is of statutory rape meaning that the girl was unable to give her consent.