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22 July 2009 :: 16:07:28 pm 8852

Two Paedophiles Arrested Simultaneously In Pattaya

Pattaya, July 22 [PDN] : Once more Pattaya has attracted bad press due to the less than savoury activities of some of its residents. Two paedophiles were both arrested in the same location, Park Reungreung Village, on the same day, with two consecutive arrest warrants for sexual assault on minors; one for a German and the other for a British national.
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The first accused was Mr. Gerhard Heiner Gatsche, 61, whose alleged offence was brought to the notice of the authorities by the mother of the 14-year-old boy he is accused of molesting, who took her son to report to the Children, Juvenile and Women’s Protection Division Region 2 and requested that the officials arrest Gatsche . After searching for further information and more evidence, the police team requested an arrest warrant from the Pattaya court, which it was duly granted on July 20, and numbered 688/2522.

Subsequently, at 1:30 pm on 21 July 2009, Police Lieutenant Colonel Greetha Tunkanaruk and his police team of the Children, Juvenile and Women’s Protection Division Region 2 together with Mr. Supagon Noja of the Pattaya-based Child Protection and Development Centre went to arrest Gatsche at his house in the Park Roongreung Village in Central Pattaya.

Gatsche told the reporter that he was shocked to see the police. He denied all the charges and said he had been living in the village in Pattaya for more than 20 years, apparently in mitigation. However, the truth will out when he goes to court in the near future.

Gatsche had apparently met the boy, Golf [alias], at around 9.00 pm, on 30 May 2009, in Soi Sunee Plaza, South Pattaya, one of the gay pick-up venues, which also has a particularly bad reputation for furnishing under-age boys for the sexual predilections of those who favour such activities. It is alleged that after picking up the boy, Gatsche took him to his house, where the alleged offence took place; Gatsche afterwards paying the boy an unspecified amount of money.

The 2nd case involved a British national, Robert Alexander Horsman,45. Armed with arrest warrant no. 688/2522, likewise issued by Pattaya Court on 20 July, the same official team arrested Horsman at 7.00 pm, on the same day, at another house in the same village, namely Park Roongreung Village in Central Pattaya.

Police said that last year Horsman had apparently been drinking at a bar called “Look a-go-go”, also in Soi Sunee Plaza, where he met another 14-year-old a boy, whom he subsequently took to his house and had sex with. The incident was reported to police by the boy’s parents, leading to a search for the alleged offender by the police, and subsequent issuance of an arrest warrant. Despite the evidence, Horsman, like his co-offender, denied the charges and once again it will be up the court to prove his guilt.


Note from editor:

Pattaya, unfortunately, has long acted as a magnet for the sex trade, not least under-age sex. However, to counter such offenders, the Children, Juvenile and Women’s Protection Division, Region 2, has been doing sterling work helping to track down and bring to justice sex offenders, especially paedophiles and other exploiters of the young. It has also been instrumental in exposing would-be exploiters of paedophiles.

 

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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