A prominent Buddhist monk was arrested after videos of him engaging in drug-fueled gay sex parties at a temple in western Taiwan emerged online.
The 29-year-old Taiwanese Buddhist master, identified as Kaihung, was caught breaking his monastic vows during a police raid on Chongfu Temple in Miaoli County on Tuesday.
Kaihung, whose birth name was Hsieh Jen-hao (謝仁豪), was apprehended by Miaoli police for illegal drugs possession, among other suspected crimes, reports Taiwan News.
Three explicit videos of the monk taking drugs and having sex with different men were published online by Taiwan news outlet Mirror Media earlier that day.
In one clip, Kaihung is shown naked in bed with another nude man while apparently smoking meth. Another video featured him rambling toward the camera, proclaiming his love for his “husband.”
According to local reports, other monks acted as lookouts and even tried to stop officers from entering the temple during the raid. They also talked loudly to warn Kaihung and allow him to hide.
Police, however, found him hiding inside a room that also contained 19 grams (0.67 ounces) of amphetamine tablets, aphrodisiacs, anal relaxants, condoms, a bottle of holy water which was filled with lube and other paraphernalia.
Authorities also discovered over 200 GB of pornographic material inside storage devices. Some of the videos were reportedly homemade and starred the monk himself.
After being charged with drug crimes, Kaihung was later released on a 100,000 New Taiwan dollar ($3,200) bail.
Kaihung, who once held the position of secretary-general at the Chinese Young Buddhist Association, was considered a bright and devout disciple in the past. Many believe that the death of his master caused the change in Kaihung’s behavior.
He eventually became involved in drugs and influenced other monks to engage in sexual acts, which got him kicked out of the Tongshan Temple.
Monks at the Chongfa temple took him in about two months ago. There, he would resume his drug abuse and “sex parties,” which led to his expulsion from the Buddhist youth association.
While Kaihung admitted to the police that he did drugs, he denied causing anyone harm as he never forced others to use them. He also claimed that the publishing of the videos online was part of a smear campaign against him.
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