Local police arrested adult video director John Bowen (a.k.a. John T. Bone) and two of his business associates on Friday in a raid on an apartment Bowen had been using as a porn studio.
According to the Pattaya News, police obtained a warrant for Bone's arrest on Apr. 5 as part of an investigation into locally-based adult websites. Pornography is strictly illegal in Thailand, carrying a criminal penalty of up to three years in prison.
During the raid on Bowen's studio, police seized cameras, lights, costumes, sex toys, computers, business records and hundreds of sexually-explicit DVDs and photos. Bowen admitted under questioning that he rented the apartment five months ago to produce hardcore content featuring Thai women and transsexuals.
Also arrested in the raid were Bowen's close friend Kyle Mark Micgram (a.k.a. Vin Cross) and his talent recruiter Paul Sangsuwan (a.k.a. transsexual porn director Chuk Wow.) Micgram's credits include Hustler's Asian Fever, while Sangsuwan recently directed Ladyboys in Latex and other titles for Platinum Blue Productions.
Pattaya authorities stated that the three men would be charged with various crimes related to making and selling pornography and brought to trial. Bowen and his partners could face deportation, fines and possible jail time if convicted.
Bowen has directed over 300 adult videos for Zane Entertainment, Metro, New Sensations, VCA and other U.S. adult studios. He gained his biggest media notoriety in the '90s for his high-profile World's Biggest Gang Bang videos starring Annabel Chong and Jasmin St. Clair.
To read the Pattaya News report, click here.