Recent Arrests

Child sex abusers arrested for offences in Thailand:

October 6,  2010

Swiss national arrested by the Pattaya Tourist Police [+] Source: Pattaya Daily News

On 30th September a Swiss national Hugo Stephan Leuthold [80], was arrested by the Pattaya Tourist Police for buying sexual services from a 12-year-old boy in Pattaya.

Hugo Leuthold picture

Luethold was observed talking to the child and then left the night entertainment area with the boy.   The Tourism Police followed Hugo Leuthold and the victim to a rental room in Central Pattaya as they suspected that the boy was being procured for sexual services.  When the boy came out of the residence after a while, he was questioned by the police and consequently informed the police that he was paid Bht 500 for various sexual service.  

Leuthold was immediately arrested on child abuse charges.   Reportedly, Leuthold has confessed to the charges and awaits further judicial proceedings.

August 27, 2010

Belgian, Thai nabbed on child sex charges [+] Source: Bangkok Post

Following a lengthy investigations by DSI and the Thai police into an organised paedophile network, Philippe Francois ( 41) a Belgian national and Suchart Biewtu, a Chiang Mai resident were arrested on child sex charges.

The Belgian suspect was charged with sexual exploitation of underage boys and depriving them of parental care.  Suchart Biewtu was charged with luring children into prostitution.

He supplied a 13 year old boy to for sexual exploitation by Philippe Francois on numerous occasions.   It is believed that the Suchart Biewtu is part of a large human trafficking network.

August 9, 2010

Norwegian Arrested in Dubious Pattaya Underage Sex Bust [+] Source: Pattaya Daily News

Oystein Larsen photoLocal police arrested a Norwegian national on underage sex charges in Pattaya. An informant had notified police that Mr. Oystein Larsen (60) had taken an underage girl back to his room at Health Hotel in South Pattaya.

Police then organised a raid on Larsens room and found him in a compromising position with a 16 year-old girl who he agreed to pay for sexual services.

Although Larsen denied knowing the girl was underage, the police have allegedly found that he had regularly bought sex with underage girls.

July 06, 2010

Russian Arrested During Child Prostitution Busts in Pattaya [+] Source: Pattaya Daily News

Mikhail Pletnev photoMikhail Pletnev (53) a high profile Russian national, has been arrested for his involvement in a child prostitution ring operating in Pattaya and for sexually interfering with a minor under the age of 15. Following a police search of the suspects residence, several hundred files, photos and videos were allegedly found on Pletnevs home computer of child pornography and images of indecent acts with underage children.
Pletnev has been residing in Thailand on a temporary basis for several years. He is a celebrated Russian pianist and conductor who has recently alleged to have established the Music House Company to teach Thai and foreign students the art of piano and music. The company is based from his private home in Pattaya.
Pletnev has been remanded in custody and awaits further investigations and judicial proceedings to commence. Officers believe that Mr. Pletnev not only committed sexual acts against minors but was also involved in the prostitution of young boys to other foreign clients visiting the area.

July 02, 2010

British Paedophile & Scam Artist Arrested in Bangkok [+] Source: Pattya Daily News

david fletcher photoOn Sunday 27th of June, David Fletcher, a British national living in Phnom Penh who was suspected of sexually abusing children from a garbage dump-site community, was arrested at a guest house in Bangkok by Thai Police. Media exposure of his scam non-profit charity and deviant behaviour allegedly caused him to flee Cambodia.
The British Police Child Exploitation and Online Protection team (CEOP), in cooperation with the Royal Thai Police and SISHA, acting on information provided by concerned citizens living in Cambodia, located Fletcher at a guest house in Bangkok. The suspect is currently in a Thai immigration detention centre awaiting a decision from the Thai authorities regarding deportation

July 1, 2010

90 Year old facing paedophilia charges [+] Source: ABC News

90 year old German-born, Australian national Joseph Karl Kraus was arrested in Chiangmai, Thailand on suspicion of detaining and raping four sisters 7, 11, 12 and 14. A search of his house in Chiangmai revealed 500 photos of naked girls on the computer that was impounded for evidence. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.

June 24, 2010

US Court Indicts Paedophile Imprisoned in Thailand [+] Source: Pattaya Daily News

Glen Richard Allen, a Canadian-born US citizen who was already imprisoned in Thailand, has now been indicted by a US District Court in his hometown of Seattle. Allen was arrested along with several other men after evidence of his sexual interference with girls as young as 11-years-old came to light in 2007.

June 18, 2010

American Arrested on Child Sex Charges in Thailands North [+] Source: Pattaya Daily News

American national Wilbert Willis Holley (72) was arrested for sexually interfering with a 10-year-old girl at a guesthouse in the province of Chiang Mai. The investigators made the arrest after receiving a report from the alleged victim that she had been molested several times at a local guesthouse.

March 31, 2010

Brit Arrested in Chiang Mai On Child Sex Offences [+] Source: Pattaya Daily News

On 30th March 2010, a team of Thailands Department of Special Investigations, local police and Transnational Crime Unit officers stormed the condo owned by Roger Leslie Pettit (67). The British national was apprehended by the police for his involvement in various child sex and drug related offences. He is in police custody awaiting further proceedings. A computer containing child abuse images, pornographic CD/DCDs and sex related objects including forms of aphrodisiac.

January 27, 2010

French Paedophile Arrested In Pattaya Selling Child Sex [+] Source: Pattaya Daily News

25th of January, French national Jean Eric Lopez, 47, was arrested after Thailands Department of Special Investigation was informed by representatives of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Thailand and French national police based at the French Embassy in Thailand that Mr Lopez had sexually abused children and also provided boys for sex at the entertainment venues that he runs in Pattaya.

March 21, 2009

International Investigation leads to Paedophile Arrests in Pattaya and Australia [+] Source: Pattaya daily News

Following an international investigation involving law enforcement agencies from three countries Australian national, Richard Jeremy Morrush (68) and Italian national David Costa Ruggero (60) were charged with child sex offences by the Thai authorities. David Anthony Hudson (40) was the third suspect arrested at his home in Sydney. According to the Australian Federal Police another 23- year old Australian man was also arrested in Sydney as part of the same investigation.

March 24, 2009

Two men charged with sexual abuse of young girls in their care [+] Source: Chiang Mai Mail

robert moss photoTwo men, one American and one Thai, were recently arrested and charged with sexual abuse against a number of young hill tribe girls between the ages of 13 and 15. It seems that the two mens abuse of the young girls in their charge may have been continuing unreported for a number of years. Robert Moss, 55, the proprietor of Hor Fuang Fah, a foundation which supplied accommodation and access to education for hill tribe girls, with premises in Muang and Mae Taeng districts, together with his employee Chailong Siriwong, 49 were charged.
At least 100 young girls were resident at the facility. However, during questioning by police, the possibility that the foundation was being run for the financial benefit of its proprietor was revealed. One of the abuse victims told the schools principal that girls staying at the dormitories often went hungry, as food was in short supply. Another said that she was afraid she would have to die before she could get away from Moss and Chailong, and that if she could escape, she would never go back. Others said that on many occasions, Moss and Chailong would force girls to go with them to their private quarters in order to give a massage. Outsiders were not permitted to enter the foundations premises, even when girls were sick and needed medical attention, or when the schools principal needed to check on their health.

May 30, 2008

Four Paedophiles Arrested in Thailand [+] Source:

Pattaya Police arranged a Press conference on the afternoon of the 19th May to announce the capture and arrest of four foreigners staying in Pattaya for illegal sexual relationships with under age boys.
They are Christopher Dee from Canada; Michael Willy from USA; Michael Burns from England and Norburu Fukadu from Japan. All four will be sent to Bangkok where they will be blacklisted and then be deported back to their home countries.

May 14, 2008

German Paedophile Caught in Pattaya [+] Source:

Tourist Police Officers from Pattaya arrested a German National apparently caught engaging in sexual activities with two boys. Tourist Police Detectives conducted a raid in Pattaya and found Mr. Wolf-Rudiger Engelke aged 67 in a state of undress with Two boys aged 15 and 13 who later confirmed that Mr. Engelke paid each of them 500 Baht for sexual services. Evidence seized from the room included a Notebook containing explicit pictures of underage boys. Mr. Engelke, is a member of the Rotary Club of Pattaya and was in charge of the Polio Plus program, which provides immunization for children against Polio, according to details found on their website. He is also a lecturer at the School of Renewable Energy Technology at the Narasean University in Phitsanulok Province.

May 9, 2008

Global manhunt nets child abuse suspect [+] Source:

Police arrested Wayne Nelson Corliss two days after Interpol released his picture appealing for public help in identifying the suspected paedophile.
Police in Norway had found images which allegedly show him abusing at least three Southeast Asian boys aged six to 10.Three people in the US identified Mr Corliss to Interpol as the suspect.
The 58-year-old is an actor who played Santa Claus and painted children's faces, the manager of the apartment building where he lived told the Associated Press news agency.
He was arrested at his home in Union City, New Jersey, and charged with producing and distributing child pornography, officials said.

May 7, 2008

Child Pornographer wanted by FBI arrested in Pattaya, Thailand. [+] Source:

An Uzbek man wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for child pornography offences in the United States has been arrested in Pattaya. Mikhail Georgevich Komov, 39, was apprehended on Saturday near a condominium in Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district.
The FBI, which has been searching for him for three years, alleges Mr Komov posted pornographic photos of children on websites and acted as a broker for their sexual services.
The FBI requested Thai assistance after learning he had fled to Thailand and was believed to be hiding under the protection of a Russian gang in Pattaya suspected of running a tour company as a front.

May 6, 2008

Interpol Hunt for Paedophile [+] Source:

Interpol on Tuesday launched a global hunt for a Western man suspected of sexually abusing Asian boys and distributing hundreds of photos of the acts on the Internet.
Interpol posted six images on its website of the man who is thought to have abused three boys aged between six and 10 in Southeast Asia between April 2000 and May 2001.
"The law enforcement community around the world has done all it can to find this man who clearly presents a danger to young children, and we are now asking the public to help identify this predator and protect other potential victims from abuse," said Interpol chief Ronald Noble in a statement.

March 19, 2008

Geriatric paedophile charged with child abuse for a third time [+] Source:

Almost a year to the day after his arrest with others in a paedophile ring, Maurice John Praill (77) has just been arrested in Pattaya on March 18, yet again ( for the third time) charged with child abuse.
According to the police, they were notified that Praill was waiting for a young boy (8) to be delivered to his house. Police planned to catch the deliveryman by taking photos and videos. While the police were waiting at the entrance of the village, a man drove up on a three wheel motorbike with a carrier behind, in which he had hidden a boy.

December 6, 2007

Police nab Dutch paedophile suspect [+] Source:

Acting on an Interpol tip-off, Thai police arrested a 60-year-old Dutch national at Hua Hin beach resort on child sex abuse charges, authorities said Monday.
Willem Gerard Knoppien, 60, was arrested Sunday shortly after police filmed a 12-year-old Thai boy entering and leaving his rented home in Hua Hin, 130 kilometres south of Bangkok.
"We had received a warning from Netherlands Interpol that Knoppien had a child abuse record so we were keeping an eye on him," said Police Colonel Banya Pinsuk, of Thailand's Crimes Against Women and Children unit.
On Sunday morning a man on a motorcycle brought a 12-year-old Thai boy to Knoppien's Hua Hin home. Police filmed the boy entering the foreigner's house and leaving one hour later.
Banya said the boy had confessed to having sex with Knoppien for 120 baht (3.50 dollars), while the man who delivered him on the motorcycle received another 200 baht (5.90 dollars).

October 20, 2007

Thai Police Arrest Pedophile Suspect [+] Source:

BANGKOK, Oct. 19 - At first, on the Internet, he was just a swirly face, something akin to a large multicolored lollipop that a man might give to a little boy.
On Friday, the Thai police said he was under arrest and charged as a pedophile after computer experts had unswirled the digitally altered face in a virtuoso act of electronic decoding.
The suspect, Christopher Paul Neil, 32, was found after Interpol issued a rare international appeal based on 200 Internet pictures showing the faceless man sexually abusing boys in Vietnam and Cambodia. Interpol said the man had abused a dozen boys in those countries, some as young as 6.
The Thai police said they had done some high-tech work of their own, tracing Mr. Neil to a location outside Bangkok through the cellphone calls of a friend.
Officials said Mr. Neil, who has been living in Asia and has taught English in Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea, would be prosecuted here and then sent to his home nation, Canada. The Canadian police are weighing whether to charge him under a recent law for sex crimes committed abroad.

March 5, 2006

Gary Glitter Sentenced To 3 Years [+] Source:

A Vietnamese court on Friday sentenced former British glam rocker Gary Glitter to three years in prison for molesting two Vietnamese girls, with the judge condemning him for "disgusting and sick" behavior.
Glitter, 61, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was found guilty of committing obscene acts with two girls, ages 10 and 11, at his rented seaside villa in southern Vung Tau last year.
The former rock star showed no emotion while the verdict was read but threw the court into disarray by proclaiming his innocence afterward.

March 3, 2006

Time to tackle 'sex tourism' [+] Source:

In January of this year Alexander Kilpatrick, a 56-year-old father-of-two arrested in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, became the first person to be jailed in the UK using new laws to prosecute those who abuse children abroad.
As part of his sentence, Kilpatrick, who was jailed indefinitely for making trips to Africa to abuse poor children, was banned from Africa, Thailand, Cambodia, Goa or Costa Rica - all places associated with "child sex tourism".
Foreign Travel Orders, which allow for paedophiles to be banned from destinations where they could be a risk to children, were brought into law in May 2004 as part of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

October 25, 2005

Paedophile tracked down by father [+] Source:

A paedophile who fled the UK when he was released from prison on licence was caught after the victim's father hired a private detective to track him down.
Bernard Scullion, of Wallasey, Wirral, was jailed for two years in January 2004 for assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
He served five months but when he was released on licence he fled to Pattaya, in Thailand.
The girl's father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spent thousands of pounds tracking the 54-year-old down.

August 25, 2005

Australian on sex charges [+] Source: The Australian

THAI police have arrested an Australian who allegedly took a young girlaway from her hill tribe family, kept her as a sex slave for threeyears, and made pornographic videos featuring both of them along with other girls.

August 2002

Thailand to deport child porn suspect [+] Source:

A court in Thailand has ordered the extradition of an American manwanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges of producingand distributing child pornography.

August 2001

Most Wanted American Pedophile Arrested in Thailand [+] Source:

A self-confessed American pedophile who is on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list was arrested in Bangkok on Tuesday August 21, a U.S. embassy official said.
Eric Franklin Rosser, 49, a former concert pianist, was arrested in the Thai capital by FBI officers and the Thai police acting on a tip-off and was in the custody of Thai police, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Rosser, who was born in Syracuse, N.Y., has been charged with child sex crimes in the United States and Thailand.
Rosser had worked as a pianist at Bangkok's luxury Oriental Hotel and ran a music school at his home where he gave lessons to children from prominent families.
In an open letter and an interview with The Nation newspaper after his arrest last year, Rosser admitted to frequent indecent acts with children and claimed he had lived a tortured life because of it. He said he would face punishment.
Rosser, who has a Thai wife and a young son, faces between 5 and 20 years in prison if convicted in Thailand. U.S. authorities were expected to extradite him after the Thai case was resolved.

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