COVINGTON, La. - A 55-year-old owner of a Covington-area Thai restaurant has been arrested on charges that he had sex with underage juveniles.

Ricky Seubsanh, the owner of Thai Thai by Ricky on Hwy. 190 in Covington, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail on Monday.

According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Seubsanh was served a search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation when his cell phone was seized, along with other items. The sheriff's office said the confiscated cell phone contained nude photos of what they believed were people under 17 years of age.

A sheriff's office spokesman said the subsequent investigation showed that Seubsanh solicited the nude photos and sexual favors from the underage victims. The sheriff's office said that under questioning, Seubsanh admitted to the offenses.

He was booked on five counts of molestation of a juvenile, one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of sexual battery.

A spokesman said detectives are still interviewing potential victims with the assistance of the Child Advocacy Center.

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