Stepfather charged in rape of 5-year-old

Friday, 25 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 4 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

A 45-year-old window technician has been charged with allegedly molesting his 5-year-old stepdaughter.

Buriram native Peng Chanatlay was taken into custody Jan. 14 following a complaint filed by his longtime girlfriend.

She told police that her daughter’s play friend informed her that Peng had been improperly touching her daughter two days earlier. She then asked her daughter and examined her to find evidence of the assault. Doctors at Banglamung Hospital confirmed she’d been raped.

Peng Chanatlay (seated) receives a slap on the face from his now ex-girlfriend, mother of the child he stands accused of raping.Peng Chanatlay (seated) receives a slap on the face from his now ex-girlfriend, mother of the child he stands accused of raping.

Peng said he’d been living with his girlfriend in their Soi 6 apartment for three years. The couple also have a 3-year-old child together. Police said he denied the molestation charges, saying the most overt affection he’d shown her was a kiss goodnight on the cheek.

Peng was charged with raping a minor under age 15.

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