Former British monk arrested for child porn in Chiang Mai

Former British monk arrested for child porn in Chiang Mai
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A 64-year-old British man was arrested in Chiang Mai province yesterday after pornographic photos of children were found on his computer's hard drive.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) led police to arrest Fabian Frederick Blandford, an English teacher and former monk, at his house in Tambon Wieng in Chiang Mai's Fang district.

The arrest was made after the DSI was alerted by US Homeland Security and the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that several pornographic photos of children had been posted by a computer at the IP address held by Blandford in the middle of November.

The man had been staying with his Thai wife and child.

Police alleged that Blandford pretended to be a kind old man to get close to children, whom he allegedly abused and took nude photos of for sharing on the Internet. Blandford also allegedly offered to teach English to children for free to prey on them.

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