Huay Yai man charged with raping niece for decade

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Police have arrested a Huay Yai man who allegedly molested his mentally handicapped niece for a decade.

Sithichai Sroimalee, 35, was taken into custody April 12 after a complaint from the Paveena Foundation for Children and Women that 20-year-old “Ms. A” had been raped by her uncle repeatedly since she was in fourth grade.

The victim’s 36-year-old mother said she had sent her daughter to live with her mother in Huay Yai in 2002 after leaving to live with her new husband. The mother, identified only as “Kae,” said she did visit her daughter frequently, but only recently learned from neighbors about the alleged assaults by her brother.

Sithichai Sroimalee (seated) has been charged with molesting a minor and drug use. Sithichai Sroimalee (seated) has been charged with molesting a minor and drug use.

Police said Sithichai admitted he had relations the girl in 2002, when she was 10, but that it was consensual and that it only happened once.

Skeptical police, armed with an admission from the victim about the repeated rapes, found Sithichai tested positive for drugs and was charged with both molesting a minor and drug use.