Buddhist monk gets 15 years for sexual assault in Stickney Twp.
September 30, 2013 3:56PM
Camnong Boa-Ubol was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault. / photo from Cook County State's Attorney's office.
A Buddhist monk has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl for two years at a temple in Stickney Township.
Camnong Boa-Ubol, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault for assaulting the girl “on numerous occasions” at the temple, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
Boa-Ubol lived and worked at the Wat Dhammaram Temple, 7059 W. 75th St., when the assaults took place, a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s office said at the time of his arrest.
The assaults began in 1998 when the girl was 13, prosecutors said in a statement. Boa-Ubol asked the girl to do work outside the temple in exchange for money, then later invited the girl into a trailer on the temple grounds, where he sexually assaulted her, the statement said.
The attacks, which also resulted in the girl becoming pregnant and giving birth in early 2000, went on for about two years. The girl did not report them because Boa-Ubol had threatened her and her family, the statement read. A paternity test confirmed Boa-Ubol was the father of the girl’s child.
Ubol left the Stickney temple at some point after 1999, and investigators learned he had gone to the Wat Buddhavipassana Temple in Long Beach, Calif., but had been removed from that temple. He was arrested in May 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska, where he was working as a dishwasher, police said.
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