Japanese man, 65, arrested on child abuse charges

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Police search Isao Handa’s (left) belongings after arresting him for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old boy.

Police search Isao Handa’s (left) belongings after arresting him for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old boy.

Human trafficking police have arrested a 65-year-old Japanese man for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old boy.

Isao Handa was taken into custody at a friend’s house on Soi Khao Noi Nov. 2. Escorted back to his Pattaya Hill Village 2 home, Handa watched as police confiscated a video camera, videotapes and a flash memory drive. Police did not state if the tapes or memory actually contained any incriminating evidence.

Handa was charged with sexual abuse of a child under 15 years of age and separating a minor from a parent or guardian for lewd purposes.

Handa denied all charges, saying only he’d had sexual relations with teenagers of both sexes in the past, but not recently.