Samui Diving Instructor Accused Of Molesting Chinese Tourist

SURAT THANI — A Burmese diving instructor on Koh Samui island has been accused of sexually harassing a 14-year-old tourist from China.

The victim's mother told Samui police that she and the victim joined a tour group as part of a diving trip to the Ang Thong islands on 5 July. 

The trip was overseen by a 40-year-old Burmese diver instructor called Chai, the Chinese tourist said.

The tourist said she noticed her daughter was unusually quiet on the way back to Samui Island after the diving trip was over. Upon questioning, her daughter said she was molested by Mr. Chai during the diving session.


Pol.Lt. Navee Jittraban said yesterday that police have already interrogated Mr. Chai. According to Pol.Lt. Navee, the suspect insisted upon his innocence and claimed the Chinese tourists misunderstood his intention.

Mr. Chai said he was actually trying to assist the victim because she looked like she was about to drown during the diving lesson, according to Pol.Lt. Navee.

The suspect was released after the interrogation because he has a permanent working place and reliable contact details, Pol.Lt. Navee said. 

The police investigation is ongoing. 



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