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Questions to be asked:

"Why was he dismissed for?"

And than:

"Is that little boy - btw... 4 years old now... - the only one?

And than:

"Is the (smiling) accused the only one involved?"

and than... when the truth will be known, and if he is the culprit... I hope they'll keep him in one of their jails for a long long time...

Where did you learn to speak English? It's terrible.

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Several posters claim there MUST be more to this? Why? To satisfy your greed for sensation?

In Belgium a teacher was accused by three 12 year old girls. He and his family went through a hel_l for one and a half year. The usual anonymous crowd of cowards threatened with the stake and castration. The girls did not keep their mouth shut and it came out that they had tried to punish the men because he gave them bad marks. He had lost his job and had moved to another town.

I hope this Australian teacher is innocent. That would mean less damage to the 4-year old boy. If somebody made the boy tell lies, he/she must stand trial.

If the teacher is proven to be guilty, he must be punished as the law speaks. But most of all, the boy must given lots of love and some therapy.

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This guy may or may not be guilty- and i hope the evidence is there whatever the outcome.

BUT, but..i have to say, i would never send my 4 year old to a school in thailand that had white male western teachers- sure there are many good ones, but there is also a fair chance that the teacher is here in thailand for the women/men (and possibly kids)and are simply unqualified and /or unmotivated for the job and /or dangerous. Not a gamble i would take with my kid.

So if a teacher likes women or men, they are bad news...

I guess everyone should get taught by priests, nuns and monks...?? :)

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Much as I detest child molestors, I really hope that there is more evidence than what has been reported here.

It seems strange that the child has waited so long before speaking up.

If he is guilty I will join the "string him up" brigade, but with this report I cannot form an opinion.

You get my vote....there is something not right about this

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Convicted child molesters should be locked up for life BUT I also agree that this guy is INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty.

Come on guys, a 4 year old tells a story in March about alleged abuse that happened last December...

That is not enough evidence for a conviction and unless there is other evidence we don't know about I'm rather surprised the guy was arrested in the first place...

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accusations like this, and the subsequently rapid media coverage and statements by police make me very nervous about the Thai justice system. Everybody on this thread should just sloooow down! We all know what everybody thinks about child molesters and the punishments that should be handed out, so lets not have another thread full of 'chop his nuts off' let him rot in jail' etc etc. What concerns me here on the face of it is that a four year old child claims some form of abuse in the toilets, 'last year'! but cannot give a date (obviously). I am inclined to agree with the poster whose initial thoughts are that the guy is being set up. The rights of the family to privacy are important, but so are the rights of the accused until they are proven beyond doubt, guilty!

The kids of my ex went to a private boarding school in the UK. It was very good and very exclusive. One 9 year old girl at the school laid a claim of abuse against the Headmaster. The shock that went around was incredible, parents meetings were called and the Headmasters wife and kids who lived at the school faced a public inquisition, it was sick. The Headmaster was immediately suspended by the board. 14 months and untold family trauma later at the court case the now 10 year old suddenly admitted under questioning that her mother had put her up to it as 'she didn't like the headmaster' <deleted>! There never was any abuse, the Headmaster ended up divorced prior to the court case and he lost his Job as it was for a teacher with a 'Family' to live in at the school. The teacher, his wife and their two lovely children had their entire lives wrecked by some vindictive cow twisting the mind of her 9 year old daughter. I don't know what happened to the cow of a mother that started it, but even if she got 2 years inside, it was nothing compared to the lost lifetime of a destroyed family.

Don't be too hasty now!

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He's been arrested. He's denied the charges. He's not been proven guilty.

However, If it's true, absolutely revolting.

What is it about people in positions of trust and kids - clergy, teachers etc.

It's about time that more thorough back-ground checks were made by the appropriate authorities, but especially by these schools that families entrust their children to. And you have to ask yourself - would you entrust your toddlers to a 51 year old man working in a day school - a kindergarden? That would set off an alarm bell immediately in my opinion. This guy is going to teach my toddler nursery rhymes?! I'm sorry, that doesn't compute well.

The school, I hope, is also held responsible if this case is proven in a court of law. It will be a lesson that all schools should be doing more thorough back-ground checks on people they employ to 'teach' children - regardless of their age.

Oh dear it looks like you brought your prejudices here from the UK. So according to you every male over 50 and expressing an interest in teaching is a paedophile eh? I usually find that those who shout loudest about paedophiles are the ones harbouring the most guilty secrets.

And for your information Thai schools have to obtain a Police Check from the person they are intending to employ. "But what if it's their first offence?" I hear you cry. Well in that case they're not going to catch them with any sort of bureaucratic procedure are they? Even the insane system in the UK (where everyone is a pedo and its up to you to prove you are not) wouldn't have caught them.

Don't hang this man unless he's found guilty in which case a few years in Bang Kwang will help clarify his mind better than anything anyone on here could do.

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as already mentioned he's not been proved guilty, if he is then he's fair game to Thai prison...if he's not guilty his career and reputataion is finished, so even if he's not guilty he's been punished already, is that justice?

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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.

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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

the problem with childern of that age is that they can be made to say whatever the questioner want. After a little while they'll start to make up stories, and convince themselves they're right. Takes a lot of care to get something 'true' out of them, and 'careful questioning' is not something that springs to mind talking about police in Phuket.

I agree. Usually this kind of act involves older children and any questioning of a child that age would involve leading questions that would be totally unreliable. Without and corroborating evidence from other students at the school I would say this guy is being set up for a scam. Don't be a bunch of busybodies jumping to any conclusions and I wouldn't trust the Thai authorities being fair and impartial to a foreigner in any event. I still remember when a foreigner involved in an accident with a Thai usually always had to pay.

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"I guess everyone should get taught by priests, nuns and monks.."

There was some statistics that suggested one third of the priests in Wales were homosexuals and one third alcholics

Lets wait to see what transpires but I do think myself that it is a little unusual for a male teacher to be teaching an infants class

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