Pattaya, the 5th of July 2010 [PDN]: Investigators from the Children & Woman’s Protection Center along with the Welfare Protection & Child Development Center successfully apprehended Mr. Traiphop Bunphasong  on Sunday, with follow-up investigations leading to the arrest of another offender, of Russian nationality.
Head of investigations, Lieutenant Colonel Ormsin Sukkankha, revealed the arrest of Mr. Mikhail Pletnev  a Russian national and renowned musician, believed to be involved with a child prostitution ring in Pattaya. Mr. Pletnev is also facing charges of committing indecent sexual acts with a minor under the age of 15.
Reportedly, Mr. Pletnev is a professional piano instructor who has been residing on a temporary basis in Thailand for many years. He is recently alleged to have founded the “Music House Company” dedicated to teaching Thai and foreign students the art of piano and music. The company is based from his private residence in Pattaya.
Officers swooped to arrest Mr. Pletnev on Monday after investigations uncovered him as a suspect in a child prostitution network, following the arrest of Mr. Bunphasong on Sunday. He was arrested at the Euro Badminton Complex, which he owns, in Soi Nonghin, Banglamung. Using a warrant, officers proceeded to search the suspect’s residence, allegedly finding several hundred files, photos and videos on his home computer of child pornography and images of indecent acts with underage children.
Police have now confiscated all evidence against Mr. Pletnev, who has himself been remanded in custody awaiting further investigations and judicial proceedings to commence. Officers believe that Mr. Pletnev was not only involved with committing sexual acts against minors but in the prostitution of young boys to other foreign clients visiting the area.