Briton arrested for third time for child abuse as Britain's CEOP faces criticism
July 22 2009
British property developer, whose family owned large estates in
Ireland, has been arrested for the third time in the Thai beach resort
of Pattaya for child sex abuse.
Robert Alexander Horsman, 45, from Ipswich, was first arrested
in March 2006. Then in a high profile investigation called 'Operation
Naga' led by Pimlico based CEOP, he was arrested again in Pattaya last
Today Horsman, a former public schoolboy from Ipswich, was in custody
again in Pattaya 100 miles east of Bangkok on new sex charges involving a
14-yr-old boy, after it was revealed all 'Naga' suspects had been
released on bail and a prime witness had disappeared.
Those arrested in 'Operation Naga' include another Briton, Malcolm
Payne, 59, who formerly ran a gay bondage shop in London, who remains
at liberty on child sex abuse charges.
Announcing the success of 'Operation Naga CEOP chief Jim Gamble said at
the time: 'We share a clear, joint commitment to prevent harm to
children. The Royal Thai Police have demonstrated an unerring
commitment to making Thailand a hostile environment for UK offenders and
CEOP will continue to proactively support that commitment.'
After CEOP officers left Thailand, Horsman and the other offenders
including Briton Malcolm Payne, 59, the former owner of 'Regulation' in
Islington, London, an American and a German were released on bail. A
young boy in protective custody also fled.
Horsman was re-arrested on Tuesday after allegedly buying himself a
14-yr-old teenager out of a Pattaya male a-go-go bar called 'Look' in
Sunnee Plaza, Pattaya . He was picked up after a complaint made by
child welfare Supakorn Koja of the local Child Protection and
Development Centre (CPDC) to the Children, Juveniles and Woman's
Protection Division of the Thai police.
he was first arrested in March 2006 Thaipolice alleged that he abused
five boys aged 9 to 13 and lured them into providing sexual services by
letting them play video games and buying them presents. But when it
came to court in Pattaya no evidence was offered and he was acquitted.
Sudarat Sereewat, Secretary General of FACE Fight Against Child
Exploitation Foundation of Thailand said: ' Operation Naga was not the
quite success that was claimed for it. These cases will always go wrong
if they are not constantly monitored. Somebody has to watch the
'Horsman was subject to special monitoring because of the wealth he had and what he could do with it'.
Horsman, originally from Saxmundham, Suffolk, grew up in Ireland. He
has a work permit in Thailand to run a property business for a company
based in Tullow Fethars, Tipperary where his family had large land
holdings including hundreds of acres near Ballingary. He attended
Headfort Preparatory School in Co. Meath.
CPWC - The Children's and Woman's Protection Division of the Thai
police Region 2, operates out of Banlamuang and independent of local
police but with the same top structure .
CPDC- is operated under the auspices of FACE. Many foreigners in Pattaya are monitored by this agency.
CEOP - Britain's Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency
operates not under Scotland Yard but the Serious Organised Crimes Agency
(SOCA) , a blend of police, government intelligence, and customs
Operation Naga: This operation was put into operation on December 11th last year. The CEOP press release at the time is here.
On December 22 2008 after CEOP officers had returned to the UK
the Bangkok Post publish a report by Wassayos Ngamkham. Thai police
were quoted as saying that the most important target, a Brit had escaped
arrested during the operation.
'It's an organisation deeply involved in the sex trade with a British
man as the mastermind,' Pol Lt-Col Panya said. 'He contacts customers
through a website and has a Thai transvestite procure children for
customers, most of whom are Europeans who have businesses in Thailand or
retirees who have settled here.'
*: While CEOP faces some criticism, the unit cannot control what
happens to suspects after arrest abroad and in this case when they enter
the Thai justice system. CEOP is still the best bet for Britons to
contact if they know of other UK nationals abusing children in Thailand
or anywhere abroad.
*Sunee Plaza is renowned for the availability of young boys both in
the bars and in the street. Nevertheless to actually operate the bars
owners have to pay monthly fees to the local police. Bar are
periodically closed down and the 'Look a-go-go' was raided this week
coincidental with this arrest.
CEOP contacts are here: