An American man wanted for child sex abuse in his home country has been arrested on Koh Samui.
Jackson Matthew Hall, 26, was apprehended at Nathon pier on the southern tourist island on Friday evening. The Alabama resident had fled to Thailand to escape multiple child sex abuse charges, authorities say.
He is being held in custody at the Koh Samui police station pending his transfer to the Immigration Bureau for extradition to the United States.
Hall is suspected of having fled the US after posting bail, resurfacing as a teacher at a school in Khon Kaen by using a passport in a friend’s name.
His arrest came shortly after the Friends of Women Foundation circulated a widely viewed warning on social media that a suspected American paedophile was hiding in Thailand and posing as an English teacher under a false name.
Pol Capt Therdsak Thawatvorakul, deputy inspector at the Surat Thani immigration office, said the US embassy had alerted the Immigration Bureau that Hall had entered Thailand using a stolen passport, Khaosod Online reported.
On Friday evening, police received a tip-off that a foreigner who resembled the suspect was spotted at the pier. Officers rushed to the pier and asked to check the man’s passport, said Pol Capt Thersak.
However, the suspect could not produce his passport. He was later taken to the Koh Samui station for questioning…
Jackson Matthew Hall, 26, an American wanted for child abuse, makes a phone call from the police station in Koh Samui. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan) SURAT THANI: An American man wanted for child sex abuse in his home country has been arrested on Koh Samui.