Pattaya Daily News

19 March 2008 :: 17:03:49 pm 11924

Rampant Geriatic Paedophile Nabbed Yet Again In Viagra City

Almost a year to the day after his arrest with others in a paedophile ring, Maurice John Praill (77) has just been arrested in Pattaya on March 18, yet again ( for the third time) charged with child abuse.
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Praill, stepfather of an Irish soccer star, Jon Goodman, who first came to notoriety in December 2001, when he bought a 15-year-old Thai child bride for £1,000 and then went on to rape and molest girls even younger was first jailed in December 28, 2001, for 14 years, but managed to get released on bail after lodging an appeal.

His next foray into the murky world of child abuse was five years later. Praill was convicted of sexual molestation and child abduction, along with Stephen James Ellison, 56, also British, Glenn Richard Allen, 60, from Seattle, USA and Ilkka Ylikolola, 63, from Finland. Police Col. Jaruwat Waisaya of the Crimes Against Children and Women Suppression Division said the child molesters had pornographic photos and recorded material of their assaults on their victims. All four suspects were initially charged with abduction of minors. They gave the police the name of the lady procurer, Ms Amornrat Garteuy, whose services they had been using for a long time.

Praill’s latest arrest yesterday, 18 March, 2008, following the issuance of an arrest warrant at 4.30 pm, will make it the third time he has been arrested in Thailand for paedophilia. Praill, who now lives at 51/11 Bongkoch House Village, Banglamung is accused of abusing a boy aged under 13.

According to the police, they were notified that Praill was waiting for a young boy (8) to be delivered to his house. Police planned to catch the deliveryman by taking photos and videos. While the police were waiting at the entrance of the village, a man drove up on a three wheel motorbike with a carrier behind, in which he had hidden a boy. After the man had brought the boy to Praill’s house, the, police waited for about 30 minutes and then knocked on his door and presented him with the warrant. Praill, who was only wearing a towel, denied the accusation, but the police showed him the photographic evidence and he had no option but to accompany them to the police station.

On the same day, a further arrest warrant was issued after a report by the Child and Female Protection Squad and police went to arrest another paedophile, Ronald David Vierner (59) also British, who was living on the 13th floor of a Jomtien Beach condominium, for sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy, who had been walking along the beach while his mother was selling items along the beach.

Vierner confessed to the police that since he had arrived in Pattaya on 17 February 2008, he had been staying in the Jomtien condominium and had been bringing a boy home each night to entertain himself. He said his friend had informed him that, Pattaya is the cheapest place to find child prostitutes. Vierner was also arrested, taken to the police station and will have further proceedings instigated against him.


Comment from the Editor

British paedophiles may be forced to hand in their passports to stop the growth in Gary Glitter-style sex tourists, according to a recent report in Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper. Apparently, police are concerned about the rising numbers of perverts visiting destinations such as Cambodia and Thailand where they can enjoy under-age sex with boys and girls. Former Home Secretary, David Blunkett, introduced Foreign Travel Orders in 2003 to prevent offenders travelling but only three were ever issued. Now, apparently, the Home Office is considering the new proposal. A source is reported to have said “It would be an effective way of preventing sex offenders going abroad.”

We, PDN, have been reporting the same stories for a long time, but things keep getting worse, and as the case of Maurice John Praill, nothing appears to be done and such individuals seem to miraculously reappear on the streets, despite having been arrested and receiving long prison sentences. We need more comments from readers, to see if it is worth our while continuing to report such cases of child abuse, or not.

Warina Punyawan

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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