Pedophile jailed in 2012 pardoned, deported to U.S. to face more charges

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An American pedophile jailed in 2012 for molesting a 13-year-old boy in a Pattaya shopping mall restroom is headed back to the US to face more charges after being pardoned and deported.

Paul Alan Shapiro, 67, was apprehended in September 2012 at The Avenue galleria after a shopper told police the American had taken a young boy into the toilet. He was captured in the middle of a lewd act with the boy, police said.

American Paul Alan Shapiro (left) and Indian Pan Singh (right) have been pardoned, although Shapiro will be deported to the USA to face further charges.American Paul Alan Shapiro (left) and Indian Pan Singh (right) have been pardoned, although Shapiro will be deported to the USA to face further charges.

Police at the time said Shapiro confessed to the crime, saying he’d purchased the services of the boy for 300 baht in front of the nearby Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

He will now be tried in the United States for extraterritorial sexual exploitation of children.

Shapiro was one of two foreigners who recently received royal pardons and were released so they could be deported.

Indian Pan Singh, 41, also was sent home after serving time for working without a permit and overstaying his visa.