The monk denied the charges and has since been bailed out of jail by village chiefs.
Police filed a motion with Tassanee Khunakorn, dean of Sattahip monks, asking that Athikarnvinai be defrocked. The dean denied the request, saying that as an abbot, Athikarnvinai has the right to face a trial panel.
Tassanee, however, did establish a panel to investigate the monk’s behavior and determine discipline.
Police question monk Athikarnvinai Jeersilo for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl.