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American fugitive arrested in Thailand over child porn

A 77-year-old American man wanted in Michigan for possession and distribution of child pornography was arrested earlier this month at a private home in Pathum Thani.

Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang, commander of the Immigration Bureau, said on Friday (October 11) that Lawrence Welch was arrested on October 4 on the basis of a US warrant.

Sompong said the bureau had been working with US government officials since last month to track down Welch, whose passport and visa had been revoked.

At the house in Pathum Thani police allegedly found posters and CDs containing child porn.

Sompong claimed Welch confessed to having the material for personal sexual pleasure.

Thai criminal law makes possession of child porn punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a Bt100,000 fine.