CHIANG MAI – British National Fabian Frederick Blandford, 64, a former foreign monk was arrested on child pornography charges on Wednesday where police seized hundreds of indecent images of children from his house in Fang district.
The Department of Special Investigation and British police observers searched his house and found many indecent images of children allegedly taken by Mr Blandford, that were stored on his computer.
Mr Blandford was taken to Fang police station to face charges of possession of child pornography.
Under child-pornography legislation, which came into force on Dec 7 last year, those found in possession of child porn materials face up to five years in prison, and/or a fine of up to 100,000 baht.
According to Pol Lt Col Paisith Sungkahapong, Mr Blandford had previously been ordained as a monk in Chiang Mai, but left the monk-hood to marry a Thai woman.
The arrest came after US Homeland Security investigators contacted the Department of Special Investigation in November last year after the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found pornographic images from an IP address used by Mr Blandford.
The Department of Special Investigation launched the investigation that led to the arrest of the former monk and teacher.