British child abuse suspect arrested in Thailand

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A British man wanted in the UK for molesting children as young as 18 months and selling images of the abuse online has been arrested in Thailand after over a decade on the run, police said Wednesday.

David Charles Taylor, 66, fled to Thailand in 1998 after British authorities found tens of thousands of pornographic pictures of children on his computer.

Thai police, who made the arrest early Monday in Nakhon Ratchasima, 260 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of Bangkok, suspect he continued to abuse boys when he arrived in the kingdom.

"He sent back footage to the UK and his conspirators there created DVDs and sold them over the Internet," immigration police officer Colonel Wiwat Khamchamnan said.

Taylor is wanted in Britain on suspicion of molesting boys and girls aged between 18 months and 12 years old, then selling pictures and video of the attacks online, Thai police said.

He was originally arrested in Leicestershire county, in central England and charged with 35 counts of child molestation and dissemination of child pornography, police said, but escaped to Thailand during the investigation.

The British embassy in Bangkok confirmed it had contacted immigration police about the case and the Thai criminal court issued an arrest warrant on December 3. British authorities will apply for extradition, a spokeswoman said.

© 2010 AFP

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