Phone vids see police make arrest

Phone vids see police make arrest

A 36-year-old assistant village headman was yesterday arrested after allegedly raping his 12-year-old daughter and publishing sex video clips of her online.

The arrest came after the US' CyberTipline Report alerted Thai police to the offence, said Pol Lt Gen Jaruwat Waisaya, assistant national police chief.

Pol Lt Gen Jaruwat said the US watchdog had reported someone in Thailand had tweeted 12 still and moving images of child pornography with a mobile phone.

He said investigators found the owner of the mobile phone number was Nu, an assistant village headman in Ban Rai district, Uthai Thani province.

Officers found child pornography on two mobile phones belonging to Mr Nu on Saturday, he sid. The suspect reportedly admitted to owning the phones and using them to record and upload clips and images of sexual activities with his daughter.

Mr Nu said his daughter has been raised by her grandparents after he and his wife divorced. In December 2019, his daughter would come and stay with him a few times every month, at which point he had begun to molest her.

Mr Nu was charged with possession of child pornography while officers investigate further.

Meanwhile, another rape suspect was arrested in Bangkok yesterday for an offence which took place in 2005. The 36-years-old was charged with abducting a minor, rape and assault. The victim, then 16, was the daughter of a restaurant owner to whom the suspect used to deliver cooking gas, according to police.

In Chon Buri, a 22-year-old man was arrested over the gang rape of a 14-year-old girl in 2016. He denied the charge, saying he was too drunk to participate.

The suspect, Thanawin Utamo, and seven other men were part of a street racing gang which allegedly raped the girl at a local hotel. Mr Thanawin admitted he was at the scene but said he had not taken part.

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