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Australian man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of children in Thai border town

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After six months on the run, an Australian man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing Burmese children in Tak’s Mae Sot district near the border with Myanmar.

In December last year, an arrest warrant was issued for Adam James Fox after he failed to appear in court. Adam was arrested in March last year on charges of child sexual abuse and was released on bail by the Court of Appeals. Adam also faces deportation because his visa has expired.

Adam even admitted to letting his trial proceed in a video he posted to his YouTube channel, where he talked about a piece of evidence that would be used against him — a video of him showing a boy masturbating in the background. Adam claimed he didn’t know what was happening behind him.

Adam made multiple attempts to argue his innocence through social media accounts, hashtags, and even a website, all under “Mae Sot Aussie Truth,” with numerous posts insinuating that the child abuse allegations were deliberate. He also used his platforms to bash a Syndey Morning Herald reporter who wrote an investigative story on the case. Adam even posted an audio recording of himself and the reporter in an effort to diminish the report’s credibility.

the pl. Branch Immigration Bureau chief Suchart Penphu told CNA reporters that Adam was found in a new home in the border town on June 2. Police searched the house and seized methamphetamine and an Australian passport under the name “Guy Christopher Meymouth”, as well as a number of cell phones and computer equipment.

When Adam was first arrested last March, there were 2 Burmese boys at his home when the police arrived and 5 other children were in an apartment he rented for them. Mae Sot police officer Teerawat Moopayak says Adam would financially support poor migrant children by providing them with food, shelter and money for school.

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