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11 January 2010 :: 15:01:33 pm 6229

Paedophile Rapist Captured Impersonating a Policeman

A known habitual offender has once again been arrested by police, this time for impersonating an officer of the law. The suspect also allegedly raped a 14 year old girl and is thought to have performed similar offences on up to 50 other occasions.
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Pattaya, the 10th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 11:00am on Sunday, police Colonel Weeraphong Phongphum (Amnat Charoen Police Superintendent) released a press statement explaining that the Amnat Charoen Police have arrested Mr. Sopha Phirom [32] at his home in Nonnarm, Amnaj Charoen. Mr. Phirom has been arrested for impersonating a police office in order to deceive and rape a minor.

Police investigations revealed that Mr. Phirom had been arrested and sentenced to 5 years prison in 2001 for arms possession. After interrogation Mr. Phirom revealed that he had been impersonating police on various occasions in the Amnaj Charoen and Khon Kaen provinces. He stated that he usually preyed on the youth of the area, stealing money and valuables before he would rape the women, who were too afraid to tell anyone after the fact. A search of Mr. Phirom’s residence revealed various items taken from his victims such as; ID cards, photos and other evidence. Mr. Phirom admitted to police that after his release from prison he was unable to find any gainful employment so he decided to start impersonating police for financial benefit.

Mr. Phirom was finally apprehended after he committed an offence in his own neighbourhood, the victims finally reporting him to police. Mr. Phirom stated that, whilst dressed as a police officer he proceeded to perform a random traffic stop on two youths, Mr. Daeng [15] and Miss Dum [14] (real names withheld). After interrogating the youths about their motorbikes registration he order Mr. Daeng to go and get the relevant paperwork, he then proceeded to sexually assault and rape Miss Dum, fleeing before Mr. Daeng returned.

The victim has positively identified the suspect, who has now been arrested and detained awaiting judicial proceedings to commence. Unfortunately, when questioned; Mr. Phirom also admitted to being HIV positive, hospital documents found at his residence support this statement. Police have now urged anyone that thinks they may be a victim of Mr. Phirom or have had consensual sexual relations with him to report immediately to a local clinic or hospital in order to get a HIV check performed.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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