WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Thai soldier confirmed to have HIV was arrested for alleged rap and blackmail of over 70 young males.
- During the arrest in his home, police found medications to treat HIV; records have reported that his victims were between ages 13 and 18.
- The suspect was reported to have been faking his identity on social media and using the gay app Blued to lure his victims to send him their nude pictures, then blackmailing them when they meet.
A soldier infected with HIV was arrested in his home in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen for allegedly blackmailing and raping over seventy male teens.
According to Lt. Col. Nacharot Kaewpetch of the Thai police, medicines for HIV treatment was found in the home of the suspect, 43-year old Sgt. Maj. Jakkrit Khomsing.
Police also said that tests later confirmed that he was HIV positive. Based on police records, over 70 victims between the ages 13 and 18 have already been victimized by Jackkrit.
Police received a complaint that the suspect was using Blued, a gay dating app and fake Facebook profiles to gain his prospect victim’s trust to send him nude pictures before the meeting. Once they meet and they realize that he was not who he pretended to be online, the suspect would blackmail them by threatening to post their nude photos if they reject his demands for sex.
Although the suspect is a soldier, this behavior “is a personal issue, and not an organizational one” said police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, who consulted with commanders in the army.
So far, six other offenses have been charged to Jakkrit which includes the following: nonconsensual sex with a minor under 15 which is punishable by 4-20 years in prison; indecent assault by use of threats to a minor under 15, punishable by up to 10 years in prison; unreasonably separating a minor under 15 from their parents, punishable by 3-15 years; blackmail which counts for up to 3 years in prison, and pressuring minors to perform lewd inappropriate acts which is up to 3 months in prison.
The scope of the investigation is being widened said the police while attempting to contact the other victims who have yet to come forward and file charges.
Source: Fox News