BANGKOK — Bangkok police have arrested a Buddhist monk for allegedly giving narcotics to local teenagers in exchange for sexual acts.
Phra Supot Pinnakosol was arrested at a temple in Bangkok Yai district today following complaints from local residents, police say.
According to police, a search of the monk’s residence turned up a packet of methamphetamine, instruments to consume the drug, condoms, and pornographic DVDs.
Police say an 18-year-old man was giving fellatio to Phra Supot when they raided his room.
Phra Supot later confessed that he regularly sold drugs to teenagers in the area and sometimes gave them drugs for free in exchange for sexual acts. He also told police that he bought the drugs from another monk in Thonburi district.
Police records show that Phra Supot was previously jailed for 6 years for offences related to narcotics.
In a separate case, police in Udon Thani province arrested a 31-year-old monk who took amphetamine pills with followers inside the temple residence.
Police say Phra Samphan Ratcha-udon was arrested with 10 tablets of amphetamine and later confessed to taking the drugs with followers as they watched the late-night World Cup matches on TV together.
Both Phra Supot and Phra Samphan have been defrocked and are facing legal prosecution.
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