Janitor still at large after sexually assaulting 6 year old schoolboy

The janitor of a school in the Isaan province of Nong Khai is currently on the run after multiple incidents of sexual assault against a 6 year old schoolboy, resulting in the victim developing a urinary tract infection. Shockingly, the school’s director and several teachers have taken the side of the janitor and pressured the victim to leave the school.

The boy’s parents, 31 year old Gee and 32 year old A, sought help from the Pavena Foundation for Children and Women after their 6 year old son, Game, was sexually abused at school. The abuse was repeated, but the parents only found out about it on January 30 because they lived in Chon Buri while their son lived with his grandfather in Nong Khai.

The father explained that his son revealed the sexual abuse to his grandfather on January 30, saying his genitals were sore. The boy said the janitor squeezed his penis during a lunch break on January 26. He said this was not the first time, as the janitor had done this to him since March of last year.

The janitor would buy him snacks and sometimes give him 5 or 10 baht before threatening him not to tell anyone what he was doing.

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The boy was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. He stayed in the hospital for two days before returning home.

The grandfather informed the boy’s parents about the sexual assault prompting them to report the case to Sri Chiang Mai Police Station in Nong Khai. The school director and teachers sided with the janitor, even bailing him out and allowing him to work at the school.

Aside from supporting the janitor, the school also urged the boy to resign from the school if he felt uncomfortable studying there. The parents believe that the janitor should be punished for what he had done and their son should not have to leave the school to solve the issue.

Foundation founder Paveena Hongsakul reported the matter to the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), which led to the school withdrawing the janitor’s bail.

There was no update on whether the janitor was punished for what he had done but police said that he would be detained by the court until the next hearing.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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