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Thai media has reported on the arrest of a US man of Pakistani origin who was reported to the authorities by parents of a child in Lam Lukka, Pathum Thani north of Bangkok.
The parents said he raped and molested their child.
The man – named only as Mr John, 46 – denies everything saying he has a Thai wife and child and has lived in the kingdom for 20 years.
He has come face to face with immigration chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn who has told the family not to be concerned – bad people will be prosecuted and thrown out of Thailand.
Sanook reported that the Lt General went to Lam Lukka police station yesterday to interview Mr John.
The suspect denied raping a child who was his student. He said he had lived in Thailand for two decades getting visas supported by marriage to a Thai national and having a Thai child. His wife is a nurse.
He said that he was a Doctor of Psychology employed as an English teacher. Sanook said he was a Pakistani but by the suspects own admission he is a US national who was born in Pakistan.
In a video posted to Facebook Lt Gen Surachate said that there are many good English teachers and religious teachers but that some bad ones slip through the net.
He said that he was determined to root them out, put them through the courts then deport them.
A warrant was issued in this case after an investigation. Sanook reported that the police have evidence of multiple crimes committed by the suspect. Details of that assertion were not given in the report.
Surachate added that he would like the parents to know that the suspect would face the full force of the law in this case.
An accompanying post that went with the video on the Immigration site on Facebook gave a stark warning:
“We welcome all people who respect and marvel at Thai nature and Thai culture. But we will not tolerate criminals coming here”