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American teacher and TikTok star arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old in Thailand

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BANGKOK, Thailand — An American teacher and TikTok star has been arrested in Thailand after allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl he met online, authorities said.


Luke Rockwell was arrested on Saturday in the Thai capital, Bangkok, according to police. He appeared in court on Monday night and was released on bail.


The girl’s family said he passed on sexually transmitted diseases that caused her to become unwell. NBC News could not verify this allegation and police have not commented on it.


Police Col. Vajirakorn Wongboon of the Royal Thai Police confirmed Rockwell’s arrest, that he was teaching English in Bangkok and the age of the complainant. Rockwell was charged with “taking away” a minor from the parent or legal guardian “for indecent purpose with the consent of such minor.”