United States tourists held for baring buttocks at Thai temple

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The account has since been deleted, but it included numerous similar photos of them in front of other famous attractions around the globe, USA Today reports.

A San Diego couple who posted photos of their nude back sides to more than 14,000 Instagram followers as they traveled the world remained jailed in Thailand Thursday amid growing global attention to their arrest over the picture taken in front of a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. The colonel said the couple were on a "watch list" after their social media posts caught authorities' attention.

Joseph, 38, and 36-year-old Travis, both from California, were nabbed as they tried to flee the country via Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport after their photo went viral.

"The two American citizens have admitted taking the picture", district police chief Jaruphat Thongkomol told Reuters.

Two Americans were arrested in Bangkok for exposing themselves in front of a Buddhist temple.
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Two Americans were arrested in Bangkok for exposing themselves in front of a Buddhist temple. Instagram travelling_butts

The DaSilvas were charged with getting naked in public and fined $150 apiece. Another account, however, has appeared, featuring the men's photos, including edited versions of the pictures they took at the temples. "This is a reminder that everyone should have respect for Thai religion and culture".

Immigration police arrested two Americans at Don Mueang airport and said they confessed to posing for photos at the Temple of Dawn while showing their naked buttocks. The courts could place the men in jail for 12 additional days while the police and courts investigate more serious charges. On Wednesday Bangkok police prepared more severe charges in relation to their posted bare-butts photos taken at the well-known Temple of Dawn. The wrongdoing under the criminal law concerning religious insults may result in a jail term of 1-7 years and/or a fine of 20,000-40,000 baht.

The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News quoted a San Diego city commissioner as saying the men had asked for help.

City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, who officiated at Travis' first marriage, told San Diego LGBT Weekly that he was in contact with government officials in order to assist the two San Diegans.

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