Arrest and Background
A 35-year-old man, Jirayut Phomhom, also known as Jack, was arrested in connection with the allegations of sexually molesting seven schoolgirls in various areas of Bangkok last month. The arrest took place in front of a house in Tambon Nong Din Daeng, Muang district of Nakhon Pathom.
Jirayut was wanted on four arrest warrants issued by the Criminal Court, Bangkok South Criminal Court, and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Kwaeng Court. He faces charges of molesting girls aged 15 years or younger and other related offenses.
The Metropolitan Police Bureau, led by investigation chief Pol Maj Gen Theeradet Thamsuthee, initiated a search for the suspect following multiple complaints. Jirayut is accused of victimizing schoolgirls on their way to school in Nang Loeng, Bang Rak, Samran Rat, and Pathumwan areas in July.
He allegedly approached the young girls before groping their private parts. The incidents occurred at different times and locations, including near Rommaneenat public park, Nakhon Thai Road, Wan Chart intersection, a bus stop, and the gate of Triam Udom Suksa School.
Suspect’s Confession and Claims
Upon questioning, Jirayut reportedly confessed to all charges. He claimed that being in close proximity to schoolgirls on crowded buses triggered his sexual urges. He admitted to touching the girls inappropriately and then fleeing the scene.
Jirayut also asserted that he suffers from mental health issues and has not received the necessary medical treatment for his condition. Following his confession, he was handed over to Nang Loeng police to face legal action.
This case highlights the importance of community vigilance and awareness in order to protect vulnerable children on their way to and from school. It serves as a reminder for parents, guardians, and educators to be proactive in ensuring the safety of their students, and for local authorities to improve security measures in the vicinity of educational institutions.