A 38-year-old man in Southern Thailand has been arrested and charged with the repeated rape of his young stepdaughter, and illegal use of drugs.
Pol Col Apisan Chaiyarat, a commander at the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, said ATPD and local police arrested the man at his house in Tha Sala district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, on Tuesday.
The arrest followed a complaint filed by the girl’s grandmother. She said the girl, who was under 15 years old, had been raped repeatedly by her stepfather. The rapes continued for about six months according to Thai media.
The girl and her four-year-old sister were in the house at the time of the arrest. The suspect also tested positive for drug use.
The girl told police that after her real father died in late 2019 her mother took her and her young sister to live with the man who became her stepfather.
In early January she fell sick while out fishing with the stepfather in a boat. He raped her in the boat and told her not to tell anyone. Threatening to hurt her and chase everyone out of his house. Afterwards, he raped her many more times, both in the boat and at the house. The stepfather confessed to the crime, according to police.
He was charged with statutory rape of a minor aged under 15 years and illegal use of drugs. The teenage girl was placed in the care of the social welfare office in Nakhon Si Thammarat.