Concert Pianist Mikhail Pletnev Arrested for Child Rape

July 7, 2010

Thailand (ChattahBox) – Russian born piano prodigy Mikhail Pletnev has shocked the orchestra world, after he was arrested earlier this week on charges of raping a 14-year-old boy, the Telegraph reports.

Pletnev was arrested after the police were tipped off about the alleged attack by a man who runs an illegal prostitution ring, who says he knew about the rape of an unnamed victim.

When police searched his house, they also found child pornography on his computer, which he has now been charged with making himself. Authorities have not confirmed if the victim in the images are the same as the boy in the accused attack.

Pletnev has denied the charges, saying that he has lived in Thailand for 15 years, and would never commit such a crime. He has called the entire affair a “misunderstanding”.

He admits to knowing the man who accused him, however, but says he had no idea he was a pimp. He claims to have hired him to watch his home when he was away on tour, and that he was the one who put the porn on his computer.

Pletnev has been released on bail in order to do a tour of concerts in Europe, a decision that sparked outrage from child protection groups, who say the nature of the crimes, and the possibility of a 20 year sentence if convicted, should be enough to keep him in the country.


Comments

6 Responses to “Concert Pianist Mikhail Pletnev Arrested for Child Rape”

  1. L. on July 7th, 2010 7:51 pm

    what goes around someday comes back around, but the shoe is on the other foot.

    let these fools have their way for now, because the future belongs to us……

    not them.

    we will not forget what they did to us, but they will forget and it will be a lil too late for apologies.

    enjoy arizona you retirees, your books last pages are being written and the memories will turn into dust and my heritage rises like the phoenix it is.

    ignore these fools they see no future in themselves it is why they are and what they are. old and tired fools.

  2. olivia on July 7th, 2010 8:14 pm

    L – I see that you copy/pasted this same response into a relevant story. So, why would you post it here, in a story about an alleged rape by a Russian pianist? You realize spamming will only add some doubt as to the veracity of your opinion, no matter what that opinion is. I agree with you, but that is shadowed by my annoyance in your cookie cutter posting.

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  4. Nancy in Michigan on July 7th, 2010 9:55 pm

    You DO know what children are USED FOR in Thailand —– RIGHT????!!!

  5. olivia on July 8th, 2010 9:25 am

    Nancy – You DO know that child prostitution is a widespread problem, including in the United States, and the laws against USING children FOR sex in Thailand are actually more severe than our own, RIGHT???!!! There is a stereotype for that country, which is earned, yes. But, it isn’t what it was 20 years ago, and kids are not just thrust around on the streets, unprotected. Your comment was a little insane.

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