A Royal Thai Navy sailor has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 9-year-old neighbor girl.
Petty Officer 1st Class Anek Duangfoong, 40, was taken into custody at his Rattanakarn Village 3 home Jan. 26 after an acquaintance found videos of the assault on the Banglamung girl on his mobile phone. Police later discovered the telephone held photos and videos of molestations of a number of other young girls.
Chonburi Police Station commander Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart said the girls was molested twice, on Dec. 26 and 27, but the crime as not discovered until late January, when Anek’s friend found the videos. Horrified, she called the Pavena Foundation for help. Pavena Hongsakula showed up in person to question the girl and be present during the arrest.
Alleged serial rapist Petty Officer 1st Class Anek Duangfoong (seated, center) has been arrested.
The girl’s parents, who were unaware of the assault, and social workers talked to the traumatized second grader, eventually coaxing an admission from her that she’d been molested. Police said the attack occurred when Anek saw the girl bicycling and invited her into his house, put on a pornographic video and undressed her.
Khatcha alleged that the HTMS Naresuan crewmember is a serial child molester who committed and recorded assaults on several other girls, then used his position in the navy to intimidate victims and their families into remaining quiet.
Anek was charged with rape and child molestation charges. Police also confiscated his 9 mm handgun and ammunition.