Thai Police Address Arrest of Abbot for Alleged Sexual Harassment of Novice Monks and Orphans in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai—

On December 8th, 2023, Pol. Gen. Surachet Hakparn, the Deputy National Police Chief, held a press conference on the arrest of an abbot who allegedly sexually harrassed novice monks and orphans at a temple in Mae Wang, Chiang Mai. There were eight victims reported.

Relevant agencies interrogated novice monks and orphans who allegedly were sexually harassed, they reportedly testified that the unidentified abbot called them to his cubicle before committing an indecent act or the abbot went to see them at their dormitory.

Furthermore, during the investigation, the Mae Wang police officers spotted an unidentified monk who was taking illicit substances and confiscated amphetamine pills before escorting him for legal processing.
Initially, the police would investigate further the behaviors of the abbot and the monk and persuade novice monks and orphans to interrogate the temple as they are still afraid of the abbot.

As for the abbot, investigative officers opposed bail and would take him further into custody at the Chiang Mai Provincial Court on December 9, 2023.

The names of the temple, suspects and victims were withheld to protect the victims, added Hakparn.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.