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A Thai court on Wed­nes­day sen­tenced a for­mer Bud­dhist monk known for his jet-set life­style to 16 years in prison for rap­ing a teenage girl who he also im­preg­nated. Wi­rapol Sukphol be­came in­fa­mous when he ap­peared in a 2013 YouTube video in his monk’s robe aboard a pri­vate jet wear­ing avi­a­tor sun­glasses with a Louis Vuit­ton carry-on by his side. He was de­frocked amid ac­cu­sa­tions he had sex­ual re­la­tions with women and had im­preg­nated one. He fled to the United States, where he was ar­rested in 2016 and ex­tra­dited last year.

On Wed­nes­day, a Bangkok court handed Wi­rapol two eight-year prison terms, one for ab­duct­ing a 14-year-old girl and an­other for rape. At one point he had ac­cu­mu­lated as­sets es­ti­mated at $30.1 mil­lion.

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