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Child rape suspect caught after seven years on the run

Jack Burton

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Police have arrested a man seven years after he evaded arrest for the alleged rape of a 12 year old girl in the western province of Kanchanaburi. 27 year old Kritsada Moraphad was finally caught at a shopping mall last Friday.

Officers say the man literally “went pale” when Crime Suppression Division officers showed him the warrant, according to Thai media. He’s accused of luring a girl from his village into dating him in June of 2012, then allegedly drugging and raping her.

The charges are “sexually abusing a girl under age 13; indecent assault on a girl under 15, depriving her of parental care and taking illicit drugs”.

The girl’s mother filed a complaint with local police after her daughter told her what happened.

The case was cold until CSD investigators learned that Kritsada was staying with a relative in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok. They began watching him and arrested him at the shopping mall on Friday.

Kritsada is denying all charges. He claims he can’t remember what happened on the day in question because he was drunk. He told police that he remembered offering to take the girl to her house, and nothing after that.

He claims to have kicked his drug habit long ago. He’s been handed over to Kanchanaburi police for further questioning and processing of charges.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times | Daily News

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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