Bangkok Post



CHAIYAPHUM: An 85-year-old abbot in Ban Thaen district was arrested yesterday on suspicion of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl. The arrest was made after police received complaints from villagers that they saw Phra Kruang Palakamo with the girl inside the abbot’s dwelling.

Shortly after, police visited the monk and learned he offered the girl sweets to enter his monastic dwelling where he took off his clothes. However, she said villagers arrived before he could do anything. Police, however, remain suspicious that he may have assaulted the girl. It is not clear if this was the only time he lured her there. The abbot was defrocked even though he denied the allegation­s.

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