CHIANGRAI TIMES – A retired American businessman George Edward Webb has been arrested in the eastern province of Chon Buri and charged with molesting an underage girl and committing a sex crime against a minor, but has denied all charges.
The American, identified as George Edward Webb, 62, was arrested at a rented house in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district late Wednesday night, Thai News Agency reported.
Police earlier arrested a female procurer who provided girls to foreigners in Pattaya. She confessed to the police that she had delivered a 12-year-old girl to Webb twice in exchange for money.
After learning that the procurer had been arrested, Webb moved several times and changed his mobile phone number. He even gave seven false addresses to the Immigration Police until the authorities received information that he was staying at the rented house.
According to police, Webb used to own a machinery spare parts business in the United States but handed over his business to his children. He came to Thailand and has been living in Pattaya for three years.
Webb contacted the procurer to buy sex from underage girls and often changed his vehicle to avoid being arrested.
Police searched his house and found five motorcycles, one pickup truck and one sedan. Condoms and medications to enhance sexual performance were also seized. Webb denied all charges but the police have plenty of evidence and witnesses.