American arrested on pedophile charges

Friday, 20 June 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

An American expat has been arrested for allegedly molesting two young Cambodian boys in Pattaya.

Christopher Lee Hoff, 56, was arrested by Region 2 Children and Women Protection officers at his home on Soi Chalermprakiet 20 June 8. Officials from the American embassy also participated in the arrest.

The arrest of Hoff, also known as “Dave,” came a week after the Cambodian boys, ages 14 and 15, complained to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Assaulted Children Centre of Banglamung that they had been sexually assaulted after meeting Hoff on Walking Street, where he had solicited them for sex.

Christopher Lee Hoff (left) has been arrested and charged with molesting 2 underage boys.Christopher Lee Hoff (left) has been arrested and charged with molesting 2 underage boys.

The boys, who had been at the center after previously reporting an assault by someone they met on Walking Street, had returned to Pattaya’s nightlife strip after escaping the shelter.

Police alleged Hoff had been involved in previous pedophilia cases. Hoff denied the current and previous charges. The partner in a Pattaya drinking-water firm vowed to fight the case in court.

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