Briton arrested in Thailand for child pictures

A handcuffed Briton, Paul Cornelius Jones, sits at a police station in Bangkok, October 30, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Briton has been arrested in Bangkok on suspicion of distributing pornographic pictures of naked children on the Internet, Thai police said on Wednesday. They were also investigating whether Paul Cornelius Jones, 39, was involved with abusing children.

Jones, who has lived in the Thai capital for six or seven years, was arrested at his apartment late on Tuesday after tipoffs from British police and Interpol, they said.

“He was arrested under a Thai arrest warrant for constantly distributing pornographic photographs on the Internet in the past week and will be charged with that crime,” Colonel Apichat Suriboonya told Reuters.

“Although he could be jailed for up to five years for such charge, we are investigating further whether he has committed other crimes such as sexually abusing children,” Apichat said.

If found guilty of abuse, Jones, who taught English at a Bangkok school, could face up to 20 more years in jail.

Thai police, who ended a global manhunt with the arrest of a Canadian paedophile suspect earlier this month, were looking for dozens more foreign suspects, mostly Germans, who may be hiding in the country, a senior officer told Reuters last week.