Australian Stephen Alan Carpenter
has been arrested for allegedly
organising "Wild boat orgy" tour in
Pattaya & Cocaine smuggling.
A team of police officers arrested Stephen Alan Carpenter, 49, at 6.30pm on Monday in Moo 5 village in Tambon Nong Yang sua in Saraburi's Muak Lek district.
Police said Carpenter was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Pattaya provincial court on Saturday on charges of soliciting women for prostitution, soliciting clients for prostitutes and violating the computer crime act by posting pornographic photos on Facebook.
Police allege that Carpenter posted a nude photo of a Thai woman with a foreign man on a Face Book account named Richard Brown on 6 December 2017.
On 31 December, Carpenter allegedly advertised his sex boat tour service on Facebook under the name of ASUSTHAI Tours, encouraging clients to ride a luxury boat to use the services of prostitutes.
Undercover police contacted Carpenter to buy the sex boat tour service for 38,000 Baht by contacting him via the LINE application.
The suspect asked undercover police to pay 50 per cent of the price and they paid him 19,000 Baht at 11am on 14 June. Police then obtained an arrest warrant against him.
Police said Carpenter also faced a charge of overstaying his visa and doing a tour guide job, which is prohibited to foreigners.
Carpenter reportedly has refused to cooperate during intergotations.
If found guilty of organizing prostitution, Carpenter faces anywhere from seven to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to THB40,000 (US$1,200).
Meanwhile cocaine smuggling could see him imprisoned for another 5 years or for a lifetime, with a fine of up to THB500,000 (US$15,200).