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The teachers’ living quarters at the school in Mukdahan is one of the locations where the sexual assaults allegedly took place. (Image captured from TV Channel 3).

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Three teachers from a total of seven suspects in the gang rape case against an underage girl at a school in Mukdahan province are likely to face charges for sexually assaulting another 16-year-old student.

The three teachers are Wipoj Saensuk, Anupap Banjong and Yutthana Phuthanonnok.

The teachers have been accused of organising the gang rape and asked others to join in, police said.

The 16-year-old victim, a student at the same school, is serving as a witness in the first gang rape case against a 14-year-old girl.

The teenager said she had been raped by some of the men accused in the other case and the information she had provided corroborated that given by the first victim.

Both victims were reportedly raped on a number of occasions over a one-year period starting in March 2019.

The alleged gang rape case sparked national outrage when the grandmother of the 14-year-old girl filed a criminal complaint last week.

So far, police had pressed charges against five teachers and two male alumni. All have denied the charges against them.

Meanwhile, police investigators searched four sites connected with the alleged crimes -- the school gym, the volleyball court, the teacher rooms and their private residences.

Police found used condoms and a number of empty liquor bottles.

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Vocabulary:

accused (noun): defendant; someone who has been accused of a crime and is on trial - ผู้ถูกกล่าวหา, จำเลย

alleged : claimed to be true although not yet proven; claimed to have done something wrong but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา

alumni : the former male and female students of a school, college or university - ศิษย์เก่า

charges (noun): official statements accusing someone of committing specific crimes - ข้อกล่าวหา

condom (noun): a thin rubber covering that a man wears over his penis during sex to stop a woman from becoming pregnant or to protect against disease - ถุงยาง

corroborate (verb): to provide evidence or information that supports a statement, theory, etc.; to confirm - ยืนยัน, ทำให้แน่ชัด

crime : an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม

gang rape : when a woman is raped by many men at the same time -

liquor : strong alcoholic drink - สุราที่ได้จากการกลั่น

mount : to increase - เพิ่มขึ้น

occasion : a time at which something happens - ครั้ง, โอกาส

outrage : extreme anger - ความโกรธอย่างรุนแรง

witness : a person who sees something happen - ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์

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