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31 October 2007 :: 16:10:24 pm 40185

FOREIGN TEACHER ARRESTED FOR SELLING CHILD PORN ON INTERNET

Tuesday - British and Thai authorities arrested Paul Jones, a 39-year-old teacher at his Bangkok home. Jones had admitted to sending pornographic pictures to friends in England.
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Apichart Suribunya, head of Thailand’s liaison office for Interpol, the international police agency had declared an arrest of Paul Cornelius Jones, 39, an English teacher, who has lived in Thailand for seven years. He was arrested after police raided his Bangkok apartment and found a computer containing photos of naked boys and girls. Jones had admitted to sending pornographic pictures to friends in England.
“Although he could be jailed for up to five years for such charge, we are investigating further whether he has committed other crimes such as sexually abusing children,”
“If found guilty of abuse, Jones, who taught English at a Bangkok school, could face up to 20 more years in jail.” Apichat said.

This arrest was the outcome of information from British Interpol given to Thai police about Jones two weeks ago. Jones’s arrest followed a worldwide Interpol campaign to track down a man in 200 Internet photos abusing Asian boys.

Thailand has become the focus of international concerns over sexual abuse of children. A Canadian pedophile, Christopher Paul Neil was arrested earlier this month in the Northeast of Thailand. Neil has also worked as a teacher at schools in Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam. Both Jones and Neil are in Thai police custody.

Last week, a Briton, Alan Charles Mawson, 74, was charged with sexually abusing a Thai boy in the resort of Pattaya after he was found with more than 100 albums of pictures of nude children police said.

Several Southeast Asian countries are popular among pedophiles and sex abusers because of poverty that drives children and their parents to accept money for sexual favors, and sometimes because of lax law enforcement.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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