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Americans Arrested In Thailand For Nudity At Buddhist Temple

Americans Arrested In Thailand For Nudity At Buddhist Temple

Two US citizens are being held in Thailand after they posted an online picture of themselves posing with their buttocks exposed at a temple.

A San Diego couple who posted photos of their nude back sides to more than 14,000 Instagram followers as they traveled the world remained jailed in Thailand Thursday amid growing global attention to their arrest over the picture taken in front of a Buddhist temple in Bangkok.

The pair were detained at an airport in the Thai capital on November 28 as they were about to leave the country and fined $150 (£110) for public indecency. The Instagram account has since been deleted.

San Diego couple arrested for semi-nude photos outside temple in Thailand
Local married gay couple arrested in Bangkok for exposing buttocks at a temple

The couple admitted to bending over and posing for the photo at the temple.

Tourists should have respect for places of cultural, historical and religious importance because it is simple good manners, Pol Col Choengron said. Officials are now seeking court approval to prosecute them on the Computer Crime Act for uploading pornographic pictures, Col. Jarupat Thongkomol said from the police station near the temple, Agence France-Press reported.

"Thai immigration police will revoke their visas and push for deportation".

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The Thai government released a statement saying that they could also face a long jail sentence due to the location.

They have been charged with getting naked in public which violates criminal law and could carry a fine of up to 5,000 baht (equivalent to £115 or $154).

However, other Thai government and police officials have told media that the charges could be more serious. For example, Thai laws make it illegal to criticize or insult the monarchy, with consequences that have been as severe as 37 years in prison for a man who posted a joke about the King's dog in 2015.

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Joseph, 38, and Travis, 36, live in Hillcrest, according to San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez has reportedly been talking to USA and Thai officials to ensure that the men are treated well and to "see what awaits the men in court".

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