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51 Year-old School Director Sentenced to Five Years for Having Sexual Relations with a 13-Year-Old Girl

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA – A 51 year-old school director sacked for having sexual affairs with a 13-year-old girl at the school in Bua Yai district has been sentenced to five years and two months in jail without suspension.

The Bua Yai provincial court on Thursday sentenced Nathaphop Boonthongtho, 51, former director of Patong Thanoen Samakkhi School in Bua Yai district, to 10 years and four months in jail for several counts of charges related to sexual abuse against his student.

Mr Nathaphop was found guilty of obscenity against a girl aged not more than 15 (8 months for each count), depriving an underaged girl of parental care for obscene purposes (8 months), depriving the girl of parental care for sexual molestation without her consent (5 months) and sexual molestation (4 years). In total, he was given 10 years and four months in jail.

As the defendant confessed, the sentences were halved to five years and two months in total without suspension. The defendant was given 30 days to appeal.

A 13-year-old girl, escorted by her mother, files a sexual harassment complaint with Bua Yai police against school director Nathaphop Boonthongtho in January of this year. – Photo by Prasit Tangprasert

The sexual scandal was exposed in January this year when angry local residents and members of the school committee released copies of Line chat messages found on the girl’s mobile phones.

In the message, Mr Nathaphop addressed the girl as “darling’’ and “dear wife’’. Local residents also saw him out with the girl on several occasions.

The scandal prompted provincial education authorities to set up a panel to look into the sexual allegations against him. In July, the panel found him guilty of gross disciplinary violation involving sexual misconduct and decided unanimously to sack him from the teaching service.

Mr Nathaphop also faced a rape charge. The court set Oct 16-18 for examination of witnesses.

By Prasit Tangprasert
Bangkok Post

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