HIV-infected soldier is accused of raping more than 70 teenage boys he met on Facebook and a gay dating app in Thailand
- Police say the Sergeant Major, 43, used fake social media profiles to lure teens
- Jakkrit Khomsing allegedly asked for nude photos and blackmailed boys into sex
- Police arrested the suspect yesterday and confirmed he was infected with HIV
- Thai authorities say the victims are aged 13 to 18 and there could be more
Police in Thailand say they have arrested an HIV-infected Sergeant Major who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys.
They say they received a complaint that the 43-year-old was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app Blued to snare his victims.
The soldier would have them send him nude photos before agreeing to meet the teens.
When the boys found out he did not match his online profile, he would blackmail them into sex using their nude photos.
Blued is a Chinese gay dating app which Sgt. Maj. Jakkrit Khomsing allegedly used to set his trap
As well as the Blued app, Khomsing is alleged to have used fake Facebook profiles to snare teenage boys before raping them
Police said in a statement that they discovered medicine for treating HIV when they arrested Sgt. Maj. Jakkrit Khomsing at his home yesterday in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.
They said tests confirmed he was infected with HIV.
So far they have determined that Khomsing had more than 70 victims between the ages of 13 and 18, police said .
‘Even though the suspect is a soldier, this behavior – and I’ve consulted with army commanders – is a personal issue, not an organizational one,’ police Major General Surachate Hakparn said.
Authorities are widening their investigation and attempting to contact other victims who have not yet filed charges.
Police have so far charged Khomsing with six offenses of assaulting minors, including rapes, indecent assaults and blackmail.