Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang said Saturday they had arrested a gay man who blackmailed the chief monk of a local pagoda with a film of having sex with the former, online news web site Dan Tri reported.
The chief monk of Phuoc Son Pagoda in Chau Thanh District, whose name has not been released, had been in a homosexual relationship with Nguyen Thai Hoa, 23, for a long time, police said.
They said that on December 28, 2011, Hoa filmed the act of having sex with the monk. He then asked the monk to give him VND200 million, failing which he would expose their relationship.
The monk promised to pay him and informed the local police about the blackmail attempt.
On January 21, police arrested Hoa when he came to the pagoda to receive the money.
Police are investigating the case further.