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Monk Sexually Assaulted Kids at Buddhist Temple in Sheridan Park: Police

A monk was charged with sexually assaulting two children at a Sheridan Park neighborhood Buddhist temple over a decade ago.

Sripai Biadnok, 48, was arrested on a warrant in Nevada and extradited to Chicago on Thursday, according to Chicago police. He was charged with felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

From roughly 2000 until 2002, Biadnok taught young children about Thai culture and language at the Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu temple at 4735 N. Magnolia Ave., according to police. Between 2001 and 2002, he sexually assaulted and fondled two students in a classroom, police said.

On Friday, Biadnok was ordered held at Cook County Jail on $20,000 bail, according to Cook County court records.

Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Anyone with information about Biadnok should call the Special Investigations Unit at (312) 492-3810.

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