Thailand police have arrested an HIV-infected soldier, Sgt. Maj. Jakkrit Khomsing who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys.
Police said in a statement that they received a complaint that Khomsing was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app Blued to win the trust of his victims. Police Lt. Col. Nacharot Kaewpetch said the victims would send their nude photos to Khomsing before agreeing to meet him.
When they found out he was not who he pretended to be online, he would threaten to make their nude photos public if they refused to have sex with him. Kaewpetch said police discovered medicine for treating HIV when they arrested the 43-year-old Khomsing at his home Wednesday in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen. They said tests confirmed he was infected with HIV.
So far police have determined that Khomsing had more than 70 victims between the ages of 13 and 18.
“Even though the suspect is a soldier, this behaviour — and I’ve consulted with army commanders — is a personal issue, not an organisational one,” police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn said.
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