21 year old Saraburi soldier arrested for kidnap, sexual assault of 12 year old girl in central Thailand

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

A 21 year old Saraburi soldier was apprehended by the authorities yesterday for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12 year old schoolgirl. Chaiyarat (surname withheld) first came into contact with the victim via Facebook before luring her to a friend’s house where the attack took place. The incident, which occurred earlier this year, was brought to the attention of the authorities by the victim’s mother.

Chaiyarat, who was serving in one of the army camps in Saraburi province, had fled his post. He was eventually tracked down and arrested at a worker’s accommodation in Sao Hai district, Saraburi.

The military command conducted the operation that led to his arrest. The warrant for his arrest was issued by the Military Court Region 23 on April 24, after evidence from witnesses had been gathered.

The incident came to light in January when the mother of the young girl, referred to as A, reported her daughter missing. She was supposed to pick up the 12 year old from school on January 27, but the girl was nowhere to be found. After failed attempts to contact her daughter, the mother learnt from A’s friends that she had left with the Saraburi soldier.

The following day, A returned home and revealed to her mother that she had been taken to a friend’s house by Chaiyarat, whom she had met on Facebook. There, he sexually assaulted her numerous times throughout the night before releasing her in the morning, reported KhaoSod.

Upon his arrest, the investigation unit of the military police questioned the Saraburi soldier. He confessed to all charges, leading to his transfer to Don Chan Police Station for further legal proceedings.

In related news, a 14 year old Thai girl committed suicide at Krung Thep Bridge in Bangkok after being sexually assaulted by her grandfather-in-law for more than eight years.

Bangkholaem Police Station officers and rescuers tried to save the teenage girl from the Chao Phraya River at around 11.45am on November 6. Rescuers administered CPR but were unable to save her life. Read more about this story HERE.

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