TikTok star teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with 16-year-old girl in Thailand

TikTok star and American English teacher Luke Rockwell has been arrested in Thailand after allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl he met online, according to reports.

Mr. Rockwell, an American, was arrested in Bangkok on September 2, NBC News mentionted. @English_with_teacherluke, as he's known online, appeared in court Monday night and was released on bail, according to NBC.

His TikTok account, which has 1.3 million followers, has been set to private.

According The Bangkok PostMr. Rockwell was accused of filming their sexual encounters.

NBC News spoke to the girl's mother, who said the pair met in March just after the girl turned 16. She said they met at Mr. Rockwell's home because he did not want him to be seen in public with the minor.

Although the teenager and the social media influencer initially had protected sex, Mr Rockwell showed the teenager medical documents showing he was healthy, so they had unprotected sex, the girl's mum said.

Months later, on Aug. 25, the teenager was bleeding and in pain, her mother told NBC News. three days later she told her mother about her relationship with Mr. Rockwell and was taken to a hospital before filing a police report.

Five days later, the 16-year-old's mom continued, the hospital confirmed she had an STD. On August 31, police issued a warrant for Mr. Rockwell's arrest.

“The police still couldn't find him on Friday so they asked if my daughter could drag him out for a meeting and we did it together with the police present while she was texting him. And so she was arrested on Saturday,” the girl's mother told NBC.

“I was so shocked and he gave me a big punch in the chest. I was filled with sadness and anger when I found out what he did [the recordings] to my daughter,” the teenager's mother added, saying she was disappointed the influencer was granted bail.

Said the distraught mother too The DailyMail, “Teacher Luke told her to keep everything a secret until she turned 18. He told my daughter that he loved her and that he would let her live with him when she was no longer a minor.”

After the girl tested positive for gonorrhea and shared the results with the influencer, the mother told NBC, Mr. Rockwell “promised he would take responsibility for the cost.”

“I am not complaining to the police because I want money or compensation. I don't care about the money,” he continued. “I want every woman and every child to know how evil Master Luke is. It's embarrassing for me to tell people what's going on in my family, but I hope it prevents Master Luke from ever taking advantage of any girl in the future.”

Lt. Gen. Thitsit Sangsawan, commander of the Crime Suppression Division that called the arrest operation, told NBC: “The American suspect was arrested for having sex with a minor over the age of 15 but not over 18 and recorded the act of having sex with a minor .”

“Furthermore, he is charged with willfully and intentionally removing a minor from his parents, guardian or custodian without reasonable cause,” the lieutenant general continued. “The suspect surrendered willingly and was cooperative. He himself confessed to the relationship with the minor.”

The case is still under investigation, police added.

According to the Law Library of Thailand, although the age of consent in the country is 15, anyone who “picks up” someone over 15 but under 18 “for an indecent act with that person's consent shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding ten thousand baht ($280) or both.”