The Criminal Court yesterday approved a request for a warrant to arrest defrocked monk Wirapol Sukphol.
Meanwhile, the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) has sought to have his passport revoked so he would be deported from the US.
The ex-monk, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, is believed to be staying at his own property in the US after leaving France.
Mr Wirapol was reportedly in France when the controversy over his luxurious lifestyle made the headlines.
The court approved the arrest warrant yesterday afternoon following a Department of Special Investigation (DSI) request earlier in the day.
Thawee Prajuablarb, chief of the Criminal Court judges, said the justices were convinced by the evidence the DSI submitted.
The DSI said it pressed three charges against the ex-monk _ accusing him of violating Section 14 of the computer crime law, fraud, and sexually assaulting a minor and separating her from her guardians.
Thaweewat Surasit, head of the DSI's security cases division, filed the request with the court.
Mr Wirapol is considered to have violated the computer crime law because his name and bank accounts were advertised on a website using false information to encourage people to donate to the monk, Mr Thaweewat said.
The DSI also had sufficient evidence to prove Mr Wirapol had sexually assaulted a minor and deceived a number of people, he said.
NOB director Nopparat Benjawatthanant formally submitted a letter to the Foreign Ministry asking it to revoke Mr Wirapol's passport after the DSI pressed criminal charges against the disgraced monk.
Without a valid passport, Mr Wirapol will be considered as staying in the US illegally and this would lead to his deportation back to Thailand to face charges, Mr Thaweewat said.
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