Camnong Boa-Ubol, a Buddhist monk who raped a girl at a southwest-side monastery was arrested yesterday in Alaska. We're grateful that this credibly accused child molester is in custody. It's crucial that law enforcement aggressively pursue likely sex offenders who flee to other cities, states or countries.
We're also grateful that this brave victim and her family are cooperating with police and prosecutors. Thanks to her constancy and willingness to move forward, a dangerous predator is off the streets and children across the country are safer. Throughout this ordeal, her courage has been unwavering.
It's very hard for any victim who was assaulted by a cleric to trust officials. But it's important that every single person who sees, suspects or suffers child sex crimes speaks up. That's the best way to protect kids, expose wrongdoing, and start healing.