TikTok star and teacher Luke Rockwell was detained in Thailand for reportedly having sex with a juvenile and recording it.
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According to the Bangkok Post, a mother accused Luke Rockwell, 29, of having sex with her 16-year-old daughter while the Florida man was teaching children English in Bangkok. Rockwell has 1.3 million followers on TikTok and was arrested on Sunday in the Wattana District. In 2021, Rockwell made headlines when he posted videos in which he alleged that the Philippines was one of the most racist nations in the world.
The mother, who chose to remain anonymous, told police that before their relationship became physical, Rockwell and her daughter had been messaging one another. They had been friends for almost five months.
According to the complaint that the Bangkok Post was able to collect, the influencer allegedly also recorded their sexual sessions.
When the mother learned about the alleged relationship between Rockwell and her child, she alerted the Department of Welfare for Children and Women, who collaborated with police from the Khlong Tan station to place the English teacher under arrest.
“My daughter claimed that Teacher Luke used protection the first time they had intercourse, but that he stopped doing so afterwards. She had confidence in him,” the mother told the Mail.
She was instructed to keep everything a secret until she reached 18 by teacher Luke. He assured my daughter that he loved her and would welcome her into his home once she was no longer a child, the source continued.
Rockwell allegedly gave the youngster STDs, according to police, although neither they nor they have commented on this. The investigation into Rockwell is still ongoing, according to officials.
Rockwell is accused of “taking a minor over 15 but not over 18 years of age away from a parent, guardian or caregiver without justifiable cause for obscenity,” despite the fact that the legal age of consent in Thailand is 15. He might spend up to ten years in jail and pay fines of $560 USD.
Following his arrest, Rockwell’s once-vibrant social media profile was changed to private. The Florida resident amassed a sizable fan base on TikTok, where he shared videos of himself giving English lessons.