Teacher held for alleged sexual abuse of girl for eight years

Teacher held for alleged sexual abuse of girl for eight years

Nimit Khonpraneet, 52, a physical education teacher in Kamphaeng Phet, reads an arrest warrant shown by police on Wednesday. (Police supplied)
Nimit Khonpraneet, 52, a physical education teacher in Kamphaeng Phet, reads an arrest warrant shown by police on Wednesday. (Police supplied)

A 52-year-old schoolteacher accused of sexually abusing a schoolgirl for eight years has been arrested in Nakhon Sawan province.

Police arrested Nimit Khonpraneet outside a restaurant in Muang district of this northern province on Wednesday morning, said Pol Maj Gen Wiwat Khamchamnarn, commander of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division.

Mr Nimit, a physical education teacher at a school in Kamphaeng Phet province, was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court on Feb 26 this year for depriving a child under 15 years of parental care for obscene purposes. He was charged with sexually abusing a child of 15 years or less who was not his wife and other related charges.

The victim, now 21, filed a complaint with police after Mr Nimit used footage of sexual acts to blackmail her, said Pol Maj Gen Wiwat.

A police investigation found the sexual abuse occurred when the victim was a Mathayom 2 (Grade 8) student. The girl was experiencing a difficult time after her mother was killed in a road accident. She was under the care of her grandmother.

According to police, Mr Nimit, who taught physical education at the same school, offered to help take care of her and her grandmother. He told the girl to call him father. After gaining her trust, he lured her into his house, where he sexually abused her and took video of the acts. He told her not to tell others.

Using the footage to blackmail the student, he had sexually abused her for almost eight years. Once she got pregnant, he took her for an abortion, police said.

After the victim moved to stay with her aunt in Bangkok in October last year, Mr Nimit tried to contact her as he feared she might try to distance herself from him.

In January this year, he learned that she would come to visit her relatives in Kamphaeng Phet. After meeting her, he threatened her with a knife, coerced her into sex, and took video of the incident. 

Mr Nimit told her that he would disseminate their sex video clips if she refused to return to Kamphaeng Phet, Pol Maj Gen Wiwat said.

The victim finally decided to tell her relatives about Mr Nimit. They later filed the complaint with police.

The suspect was taken to the Central Investigation Bureau for interrogation.

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