Suspected British paedophile laughs after being arrested while working as teacher in Thailand

Robert David Hastings is wanted for 12 alleged offences of sexual abuse and molesting girls under the age of 14 in UK which he denies

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Smiling: Robert David Hastings had been living in Thailand since 2005

A suspected British paedophile working as a teacher at a school in Thailand laughed as he was arrested by police.
Robert David Hastings is wanted for 12 counts of sexual abuse and molesting girls under the age of 14 in the UK.
The 61-year-old told police he had been living in the country since 2005 and denied any wrongdoing.

He was arrested on Tuesday at a school in Udon Thani province, where he worked as an English teacher.
An immigration inspector in Nongkhai province, Pariwat Satchaphan, said: “He has been charged by British police authorities for indecent actions – 12 accounts – to children under 14 years old.”
Hastings denied the accusations and, according to the Bangkok Post, has a Thai wife.

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Decision: Hastings during a news conference at the Immigration Detention Center in Bangkok

He has now been sent to an Immigration Detention Centre in Bangkok, where a court will decide whether or not to extradite him.
“Why am I being arrested in England? And I’m happy to go back and find out. I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said.
The British embassy in Bangkok confirmed the arrest and said consular officials were providing assistance.

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