Fugitive Belgian pedophile captured hiding in Pattaya

Friday, 22 February 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 8 By  Boonlua Chatree

A Belgian man who escaped Europe after being sentenced to eight years in prison for raping his young stepdaughter was captured hiding out in Pattaya.

Patrick Frederic Dany Oepen, 41, was apprehended Feb. 13 by Chonburi police and immigration officers acting on a request from Belgian law enforcement.

Oepen was convicted last year of raping his stepdaughter starting when she was 12 and ending when she was 17. He somehow managed to flee Belgium and arrived in Thailand on a tourist visa in April last year. Thai immigration officials then granted him a student visa allowing him to stay legally in the kingdom until Feb. 9.

He was expected to be deported back to Belgium to begin his prison sentence.

Patrick Frederic Dany Oepen has been arrested for rape and will be deported back to Belgium.Patrick Frederic Dany Oepen has been arrested for rape and will be deported back to Belgium.

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