American TikTok celebrity and educator Luke Rockwell was arrested in Thailand on charges of making sexual contact with a minor and filming the encounter.
According to the Bangkok Post, Rockwell, a 29-year-old TikTok star with 1.3 million followers, was arrested in Bangkok’s Wattana District on Sunday after a mother accused him of having sex with her daughter, 16, while he was teaching English to children in the Thai capital.
The unnamed mother informed police that Rockwell and her daughter had exchanged messages before things became physical. About five months had passed since the two first met.
The Bangkok Post has acquired a complaint that states the influencer videotaped their sexual sessions. The mother called the Khlong Tan police station and the Department of Welfare for Children and Women after learning about the alleged connection between Rockwell and her kid. The mother learned of the crime after her daughter became sick with stomach aches caused by chlamydia and gonorrhea she had gotten from Rockwell.
My daughter said that “Teacher Luke” utilized protection the first time they had sex together but stopped doing so afterward.
Rockwell advised her to tell no one. My daughter said he told her he loved her and that she may move in with him when she turned 18.
Even though the age of consent in Thailand is 15, Rockwell is accused of taking a juvenile between the ages of 15-18 away from a parent, guardian, or caregiver.
He might go to jail for up to ten years and have to pay a roughly $560 US fine.
After his arrest, Rockwell made his previously public social media accounts private. The Florida native attracted a massive following on TikTok after posting videos of himself lecturing on the language.
In 2021, Rockwell caused a stir when he posted videos on his account where he said that the Philippines was one of the most racist countries in the world.
TikTok users responded to the contentious video and Rockwell’s justification by using the hashtag #CancelTeacherLuke.