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James Craig Neumann (blue shirt) is arrested for child pornography in Chaing Mai - Photo Cheewin Sattha

James Craig Neumann (blue shirt) is arrested for child pornography in Chaing Mai – Photo Cheewin Sattha

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CHIANG MAI – American James Craig Neumann, 67, a former teacher has been arrested in Mae Tang district on Tuesday afternoon on child pornography charges with police investigating allegations he molested young boys.

Mr. Neumann, was taken into custody at his home in tambon Khulek Tuesday by officers from the Department of Special Investigation and representatives from the US embassy’s Homeland Security investigative team.

Police said the former English-language teacher was enticing young boys in his neighborhood to come over to play at his house.

A search of his house uncovered hundreds of indecent images of children on computers as well as evidence he had shared pictures over the internet.

Police said they would try to identify boys in the photos to determine if sexual molestation charges would also be filed against the American.

Under newly enacted child-pornography legislation, Mr Neumann faces up to five years in prison, fine of 100,000 baht or both.

By Cheewin Sattha

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