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Monk defrocked over alleged sexual encounter on temple grounds

Feb 11. 2018
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By The Nation

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A Chai Nat monk was defrocked yesterday after a woman and used condoms were found in his living quarters provided by his temple.

Administrative officials, police and soldiers jointly conducted a raid of the living quarters assigned to Phra Somporn Sukhesino in the middle of Saturday night after receiving a complaint from local residents that the monk had slept with women. 

Celibacy is one of the monastic rules for Buddhist monks. 

Phra Somporn Sukhesino, 49, and the unidentified woman found inside his living quarters, 44, denied having sexual relations. 

“I just asked for a place to stay because I had family problems,” the woman said. 

Phra Khru Wichai Kijjatorn, the deputy monastic chief of Muang Chai Nat district, looked into the case and resolved to order the defrocking of Phra Somporn Sukhesino.

 

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