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Mmm ...this surely sounds a fishy story about this man's guilt and as pointed out ...he ain't convicted yet. Be nice to see the outcome of this as everytime something like this comes up concerning farang teachers, the heat is turned up by the authorities, which in turn affects all farang teachers here (remember the Silom teacher incident around 2 to 4 years ago in which he was proven to be a nutbag confessing to a murder that he didn't actually commit; not a murderer).

Yup I agree with the many here that if he is guilty then I hope hope he does serious bird, but if he is not guilty (and he could possibly be so) then the guys life has been wrecked here in Thailand and maybe beyond, by having his picture plastered on this site and just the accusations alone will always give others suspicion about him; IMHO ...not fair for him before going to court eh.

Me thinks the MOE and their 'penpushers' will be busy of finding more new ways to make it a pain in the arse to renew yer TL and WP ... and i'm up for it next month :)

P.S. It'd be nice to hear some more opinon from the likes of 'Thaifry' etc. as to what they personally reckon about this situation. C'mon give us some insight as this just ain't a 'clearcut' story.

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There has been a lot of research to testimony of children. Children are reliable witnesses and can distinguish between real and fantasy. There is however 1 thing that needs to be taken into consideration. Children can easily be influenced by what they think the person questioning him wants to hear. The way children are interviewed is extremely important. One must take care as to not to lead a child, once that happens the testimony becomes unreliable.

Example are there more than enough of incest cases being found out not true, all because the therapist started to ask questions about repressed memories and leading the client into believing something that ever happened.

That's right. Kids up to seven years learn seven times faster than an adult, so does the memory. But as you mentioned, they can be influenced and present it as given, since they are in a taking in stage of their life, or forming a character.

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In case P Gazette goes into denial, images.google.com has caught the image to the article http://images.google.com/images?um=1&h...966&ndsp=21

Mmm, the plot thickens. Why would the Phuket Gazette remove this article from thier own website? Do they now have the realisation that maybe it's not fair to produce such an article before a trial in a court of law/ or they are completely wrong and botched their story ... Mmmmmmmm :)

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I am no medical expert but surely any abuse to certain regions of a 4 year old child will be visible (assuming the assault is based on a certain part of the body)

I hope for his sake he is innocent, but even so with his name and photo displayed for the world to see he could have a hard future.

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More than half the teachers were asked to leave last year because a new director came in and felt that a lot of the teachers werent qualified enough. He was one of that group. It had nothing to do with these allegations. The unfair dismissal claim had absolutely nothing to do with this.

A few things that need to be kept in mind. A billionaire started this school. There is a lot of money to be made if the school is sued. There is a LOT more to this story that cannot be spoken about here. He was (and still is) a wonderful teacher and no one can believe that he would have done this. The saddest thing is, if this is just a spiteful attempt to cause problems, things like this stick forever.

People please dont assume guilt based on the arrest. Foreigners are often remanded because of fear that they will leave the country. Fingers crossed that the thai legal system lets justice prevail. Those of us that know all the facts doubt that any jury in Australia would find him guilty.

Wouldn’t be surprised if this was just another way to get what had the possibilities to be Phukets best private school and sport centre founded by a well liked foreign billionaire and Phuket resident out of the way forever. :)

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Wouldn’t be surprised if this was just another way to get what had the possibilities to be Phukets best private school and sport centre founded by a well liked foreign billionaire and Phuket resident out of the way forever. :)

nah, Mr. Klaus Hebben a kind of hedge fund manager makes him beloved?

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Elcent....

I do not have a good knowledge of the Thai system but I do have some knowledge of the Aussie system and a little thing called the sex offenders register which is public knowledge. I have not had recent dealings with this person but I did a few yrs ago during an arrest. My questions were how did he get into Thailand and out of Aust

Are you saying that the existance of the register is public knowledge, or the information on the register is public knowledge?

If there is a register that has information that is in the public domain, then there is no reason why you can't repeat (here) any information that is on that register.

Or newspaper reports etc. If you have had dealings, then you will know what to look for (dates etc). You have intimated that Clements has a history.... You really should elaborate.

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If he is guilty he is scum but for now look at the funny side...Does this Thai Police photo mean that there are no Thai people over 1.9m tall? 555555 :)

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Alot of people smell a rat around this story....here's another possibility to add to the pong. If a false accusation is to be made by the boy or his mother for whatever motivation, maybe to extort from the school, maybe to cover for an actual molester....wouldn't the accuser pick on someone that they think has left the country? He has not taught at the school this year....as far as the mother knows, he's gone.

(why cover for an actual molester? If the boy has been damaged by mum's brother (for example), she needs to keep her husband from knowing who did it, so blame someone who she thinks can't defend the accusation....possible.)

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I doubt the boys in brown would have allowed his name and mug be plastered in public if there was any doubt that he was not guilty or at least had a track record. Hard to believe that a man like this gets to either 51 or is it 57 without arousing suspicions. I would think that perhaps the school removed him from his position for a related reason. If the school was negligent which seems likely they are equally guilty in my eyes of betraying the trust of the family and more importantly the child. I have to say that in the past 12 months there seems to be an influx of scum bags in the Chalong, Kata and Karon areas abusing young women. As the girls are working girls they dont report the crimes which allows the bast*rds to move about freely. That all said I have met quite a few teachers who claimed to have secured their qualifications on the internet.

So - do you live in Chalong, Kata, or Karon?

You speak for the BIB and girls who have not reported crimes - they only told you? Your vicous attack is more scary than the story.

I do not understand why the blood lusters cannot wait until the full story - hopefully with the truth - comes out.

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There isn't a punishment strong enough for crimes like this

Go on, tell us what punishment is "strong enough".

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I imagine the kid woluld have had at least some long tricky questioning by the authorities and kids dont hold up to well under interogation so their must have been a case that was at least beyond reasonable doubt to arrest the man, at least one would hope so

What has "beyond reasonable doubt" got to do with being arrested in Thailand.

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follow one simple rule---never be alone with a child in a classroom or office and none of this would happen. I remember a 6 year old girl approaching my desk with her pants unbottoned. She wanted help buttoning them. She was sent to the nurse................

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Mmm ...this surely sounds a fishy story about this man's guilt and as pointed out ...he ain't convicted yet. Be nice to see the outcome of this as everytime something like this comes up concerning farang teachers, the heat is turned up by the authorities, which in turn affects all farang teachers here (remember the Silom teacher incident around 2 to 4 years ago in which he was proven to be a nutbag confessing to a murder that he didn't actually commit; not a murderer).

Yup I agree with the many here that if he is guilty then I hope hope he does serious bird, but if he is not guilty (and he could possibly be so) then the guys life has been wrecked here in Thailand and maybe beyond, by having his picture plastered on this site and just the accusations alone will always give others suspicion about him; IMHO ...not fair for him before going to court eh.

Me thinks the MOE and their 'penpushers' will be busy of finding more new ways to make it a pain in the arse to renew yer TL and WP ... and i'm up for it next month :)

P.S. It'd be nice to hear some more opinon from the likes of 'Thaifry' etc. as to what they personally reckon about this situation. C'mon give us some insight as this just ain't a 'clearcut' story.

Actually, it was Sathorn, Bangkok Christian College, 2006.

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