Court Upholds 37-Year Jail Sentence for Dutch Pedophile

BANGKOK — Thailand’s Supreme Court upheld the 37-year prison sentence of a Dutch man convicted of sexually abusing and illegally detaining a 12-year-old Thai boy.

Willem Gerard Knoppien, 56, was arrested in 2007 for sexually abusing the boy at least four times in his seaside house in Hua Hin. He was convicted by a lower court in 2009. 


Today, Thailand's Supreme Court also upheld the 26 year and 8 month jail term of Thai national Thaned Bualaung, who confessed to being an accessory to Knoppien. Knoppien allegedly paid Thaned 200 baht for retrieving the boy, who was then given 120 baht after each encounter.

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