An American photographer and an American model who posed in her underwear while sitting on a Buddha statue were arrested on charges of desecrating the statue, police said today.

Sante Maria D'Razzio, 33, of New Jersey and Kara Ruth Young, 23, of California were arrested Sunday after the photo session inside Chung Len Buddhist temple in the southern island resort of Phuket, said police Lt. Amnuey Kraiwuttianant said. Hometowns for the two were not immediately known.D'Razzio was photographing Young for the French magazine Vogue when worshipers at the temple complained to police, Amnuey said.