Abbot held for drug abuse, porn clips

An abbot in Kanchanaburi province was arrested and forced out of monkhood on Friday for taking methamphetamine and having pornographic video clips on his mobile phone.

Responding to complaints and drug-purchase clips from villagers, local authorities arrested Phra Prasong Analyo, the abbot of Wat Dong Phong in Ban Bongteenoi village of Wang Krajae sub-district in Sai Yok district.

At the time of the arrest, the abbot was apparently high on drug and his urine test showed a trace of drug abuse.

Authorities also saw on his mobile phone many pornographic video clips and clips of the abbot buying methamphetamine from dealers.

Besides, authorities found drug tools — an air gun and pellets — in his residence at the Buddhist temple but they did not see illicit drugs.

The abbot admitted to his drug abuse and purchases from a trafficker in Wang Krajae. He was then brought to a ceremony to leave monkhood.

The 41-year-old Prasong Sirirojlohachai had been the abbot at Wat Dong Phong for three years.

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