Monk, Care­taker Ar­rested in Tem­ple Child Sex Abuse Scan­dal

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A Bud­dhist monk and a tem­ple care­taker have been ar­rested by Batam Po­lice af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the abuse of five chil­dren at a tem­ple.

Po­lice made the ar­rest af­ter com­mu­nity re­ports that a monk known as Yo Chi Su had fled to West Jakarta. He moved again shortly af­ter­wards be­fore be­ing ar­rested in a Sunter, North Jakarta, ho­tel on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 30.

“There was some re­sis­tance, but it was han­dled swiftly by the of­fi­cers,” Balerang Batam Po­lice Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit Head Commr. Agung Bima told Detik.

Po­lice also ar­rested the tem­ple care­taker, iden­ti­fied as BGS, in Batam.

Both face charges of exploiting and sex­u­ally abus­ing five chil­dren. In­ves­ti­ga­tions will con­tinue in Batam, with the monk to be flown back.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter mem­bers of the Batam com­mu­nity be­gan to hear ru­mours the monk had been sex­u­ally abus­ing a young girl at the tem­ple.

While res­cu­ing the girl, four other chil­dren were found in the tem­ple and are be­lieved to have also been sex­u­ally abused and forced to work.

Po­lice sources said two of the girls orig­i­nally hailed from Jakarta, where they re­port they were ini­tially abused by the monk, be­fore be­ing taken to Batam.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

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