MONK JAILED FOR RAPING, IMPREGNATING TEEN GIRL
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.