UK Army Office in Child sex bust
Published: 25/02/2012 at 07:56 PMOnline news:
A retired English military officer was arrested for allegedly sexually molesting an underage child in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district on Saturday.
Norman Wallis, 79, was caught while performing oral sex on a 13-year old boy in a Toyota Vios parked in Phra Tamnak Hill Soi 4 in tambon Nong Prua shortly after midnight, said Kreetha Tankanarat, deputy chief of the investigation centre at Provincial Police Region 3.
Residents in the area have complained to police that foreigners like to buy sex from young boys in the neighbourhood, said Pol Lt Col Kreetha, who led the arrest team.
Officers said Mr Wallis had called the boy, whose name was withheld, and asked him to dine with him at Jomtien Beach late Friday night. The boy then called his friend to inform him about the man’s invitation.
His friend happened to be with Palisorn Noja, director of the Centre for Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Suppression, at that time he received the call. Mr Palison alerted police after learning of the suspect’s approach, as he feared the boy would be seduced.
Police said Mr Wallis confessed to them that a friend who is homosexual told him that he could buy sexual services from underage youth in the area for only 700 baht. He was interested and contacted the boy, said Pol Lt Col Kreetha.
He came to Thailand two months ago and was scheduled to leave for the UK next week, he said.
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