Officers from the Police Region 2 Child and Women Protection Unit were monitoring the 13-year-old girl around 4am on Tuesday Morning and were about to detain her and take her into care when they saw an approach by the American, later named as Neal Rosenthal. The pair talked for a while and then went back to a Central Pattaya Guest House together.
Police monitored the exchange covertly until the pair arrived at the room. Moments later officers entered the room and found the pair in a state of undress. He revealed that he had paid the girl B700 for her to accompany him to the room but he was told by her that she was 19 years old and Mr Rosenthal was allegedly unaware of her real age.
At Pattaya Police Station Mr Rosenthal was charged with conducting lewd acts with a girl under the age of 15 and the case will now be handed to the courts for further processing.