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Defrocked American priest on trial in East Timor for alleged child sex abuse

Photo via Interpol

The trial has started for the 84 year old defrocked American priest who allegedly sexually abused girls at an orphanage he founded in East Timor back in the early 1990s. Richard Daschbach, once revered by the Southeast Asian community for founding the Topu Honis Shelter to support impoverished children and orphans, is now facing charges of sexual abuse, child pornography and domestic violence with a maximum punishment of up to 20 years in prison.

The case involves more than a dozen women who claim they were abused by Richard years ago at the shelter in Oecusse. In the Southeast Asian country where 97% of the people are Catholic and the church is a powerful institution, which offered protection during the Indonesian occupancy until 1999, the sexual abuse case involving the respected priest split the East Timor community.

The media is barred from attending the hearing, which started yesterday and is expected to end tomorrow. Due to the pandemic, the trial was postponed several times and Richard is now turning into the hearing by video from Dili. A report from AFP says at least 15 women who claim they were abused when they were children are expected to testify. The victims suspect there are many more who were abused at the shelter but fear retribution if they come forward.

Richard has lived in East Timor since the mid-1970s and founded the Topu Honis Shelter in the early 1990s. The Vatican defrocked Richard back in 2018. The sexual abuse accusations weren’t made public until a year later when the case was reported in the news. He is now on house arrest. The United States has also filed an Interpol Red Notice saying he is wanted on 3 counts of wire fraud.


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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. As we can see white lazy men are so evil , committing crimes everywhere.

    Wait for it , you would see there wont be racist comments on this old bastard , evil people, that why they pretend when they go to other countries like they’re good but deep down they’re the mofos of the world, lol , I’m sure this old orangutan with low IQ would be going around acting good .

    Whenever there’s a bad news about someone different from them , oh my , they’ll all be out , I’m sure they’re mothers were prostitutes back then and till date.

  2. Another Vatican cover up. They defrocked him and a year later he was charged.
    Why, because many catholic priests are sexual perverts and protect their pals, and I agree so are the protestants.
    Ktb, I give it two years and your Buddhist monks will be subjected to a big scandal involving little boys.

  3. Yet another self appointed earthly oracle of the gods up to no good.if he gets released should be no trouble for him to change brand and get a senior position at a wat some place.

  4. @Ktb – “our mothers were prostitutes.” You Thai sell you underage daughters!
    You a Thai in the West would not even be able to pass a driving test. You are too stupid.
    Any job you could land would be alongside the most stupid in the world, all illegal, and all the brown skinned people you hold in contempt in Thailand.
    These Burmese you despise would be your bosses in Europe.
    The only reason you are above them in Thailand is because the racist Thai system puts you above them.
    Don’t leave Thailand you will be nothing anywhere else.

  5. @toby , you must be the most imbeciled, low IQ orangutan I’ve ever heard from . You talk about us being racist ? Lol , if you’re European or American then you can open your mouth to call me racist ? Lol , after what your evil forefathers did to Africans, Asians ? Lol you’re an idiot , lol , the racism shown in your country to foreigners, laughable really , it shows you’re a mofo, dont worry your wife of gf would push you out balcony soon , your people are suffering the evil or your forefathers and your own sins .

  6. As we could see a white orangutan commits crime only 5 comments, lol.

    If it were thai , Chinese or other nationalities, oh my the low IQ white baboons would be out in full force , I’m sure they’ve read this page but couldn’t comment because it’s a moron like them just like DJT the low IQ criminal.

  7. @Ktb – This is fun. Isaan John has become a bit mellow lately.
    Anyway describing me as an orangutan does not offend me at all. I quite like orangutans.
    “Don’t give me that you snotty faced heap of parrot droppings. Shut your festering gob you tit.”
    Now this is an extract from a British comedy by Monty Python. Notice the elegance. The inventiveness. Insults come quick and fast, almost like poetry . . .
    Try harder, you toffy nosed vacuous pervert.
    You might have to look vacuous up in the dictionary.

  8. @Ktb – are those the same low iq baboons who came up with the internet your using to post your rubbish on?so what have the thais come up with to date that the world should be thankful for?the only thing I can think of is somtam.would you like to expand on that.

  9. American vile trailer trash. He should be hung by his balls for a while and thereafter be sent immediately to prison for some biatch time with the other prisoners, and then subsequently left to die. Nothing less is appropriate. The same procedure should apply to all other rapists.

  10. @Toby Andrews-Very well said, and thanks for the laughs at the same time!
    I’m sure Ktb is pissed at the “white orangutans” for the simple fact that his ex is living with one right now and she has a great life. He’s jealous that he can’t control her anymore!

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