Ubon Cops Arrest Alleged Songkran Perv

UBON RATCHATHANI — A man was arrested in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani for allegedly assaulting a Songkran reveler, police said Monday.

Pipatpong Singhsaen, 29, was charged with public indecency upon his arrest last night. Investigators identified him as the person seen touching and kissing a woman without her consent in a video posted to the internet.

Although the victim has not filed a complaint, provincial police chief Thanitsak Siripattanapak said he instructed officers to charge Pipatpong anyway due to the serious nature of his alleged crime. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.

Under Thai law, the charge of public indecency is more severe than sexual harassment, which carries a relatively light punishment of a month in jail.

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