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Monk detained after allegedly sending explicit video to 20 children



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

A monk in Udon Thani is facing charges after he allegedly sent an explicit video of himself to 20 children, inviting them to have sex with him in exchange for money. 49 year old Pramuk Jaroensuk was forced to leave his monkhood and was charged with publishing pornographic material and attempting to have sexual intercourse with minors.

The monk came to police attention after a villager in the Ban Pheu district filed a complaint reporting that the abbot allegedly sent an explicit video clip of himself to her 12 year old daughter saying “Answer me if you want easy money.” The villager says other Prathom 6, or sixth grade, students also got similar messages from the monk.

“The sender said he would offer 2,000 baht in exchange for sex with him. I searched his name and found that he was the abbot at this temple so I notified police… My daughter said her friends who are in Prathom 6 also received similar invitations from the suspect.”

Police searched the temple where the monk resided and found smartphones and a tablet that contained a video of him masturbating. Police say it is the same video that was sent to the student.

Police say Pramuk admitted to sending the video, adding that he sent it to more than 20 children – boys and girls around 11 to 13 years old – on Facebook.

Pramuk has been a monk for 23 years and has been at the Udon Thani temple for the past 11 years. He was forced to leave his monkhood and was taken to a local police station.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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  1. Issan John

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Not exactly subtle …

  2. Brian

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Buddhism in Thailand seems to be in shambles.

    • Issan John

      Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      I think that may be going a bit far, although becoming a monk isn’t always for religious reasons and being an abbot doesn’t always mean much.

      This “abbot”, for example, was one of only three monks at the temple so it wasn’t quite as prestigious as it sounds.

  3. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    No surprise there.
    Middle aged men wearing orange dresses should not be trusted.

    • Brian

      Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Too unkind, and I think uninsightful. I don’t think you understand what it is to be a real monk.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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