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Ubon Ratchathani teacher charged with sexual abuse

Caitlin Ashworth

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An Isaan teacher is facing sexual harassment and abuse charges after he allegedly paid young students in exchange for sexual acts. The practice is being frequently reported in Thai media these days as the taboo of reporting these cases is slowly raised. The Ubon Ratchathani teacher allegedly sexually abused 5 boys, ages 11 to 12, on numerous occasions, paying them 200 baht each for sexual acts.

The students and their parents have been interviewed by the Royal Thai Police and by officers of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. A spokesperson for the Royal Thai Police, Kritsana Pattanachareon, says the teacher allegedly abused the students on 10 occasions.

She says the teacher has been charged for allegedly sexually abusing children under 15 years old with or without consent. The penalty for sexual abuse to a minor is up to 20 years in prison.

 

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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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