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Thailand nabs hunted Canadian pedophile suspect
« on: October 19, 2007, 12:58:44 PM »
I am glad the he was finally caught!


Thailand nabs hunted Canadian pedophile suspect
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:04 AM EDT147

By Nopporn Wong-Anan

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Canadian pedophile suspect Christopher Neil, focus of a global hunt that ended in rural Thailand on Friday, will be charged with molesting underage children after being tracked down through his boyfriend's phone.

Thai police appealed for more victims to come forward after nabbing Neil at a rented house. Neil is also accused of raping young boys in Vietnam and Cambodia after being unmasked by nifty police computer work and hunted in a unique Internet appeal.

"From pictures on the Internet, there were five to seven children under age 10 who have been abused by him, including one girl," Deputy National Police Chief Wongkot Maneerin told a packed news conference in Bangkok.

Neil, 32, caught in the northeast Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima, 250 km (150 miles) from Bangkok and well off the normal tourist trail, refused to answer reporters' questions.

Police said Neil, who arrived in handcuffs at national police headquarters, his head covered by a blue T-shirt, had confirmed his identity to investigators but said nothing else.

Neil was no stranger to Thailand, having once taught in a Bangkok language school, but his hiding place was revealed by a trace on the mobile phone of his 25-year-old Thai boyfriend, identified by transvestites in the seedy beach town of Pattaya.

"They went together to different provinces, probably on the run, and the last call made was from Nakhon Ratchasima. So I sent my men there," tourist police chief Chuchart Suwannakom told Reuters.

Thai police issued a warrant for Neil's arrest on Thursday, a week after he fled South Korea, after two Thai teenagers accused him of paying for oral sex when they were nine and 14, grounds for prosecution under Thai law.

Neil could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted in Thailand. Wongkot said he would be prosecuted in Bangkok, but left open the possibility he could be extradited once he had served his sentence.

"He has to be prosecuted in Thailand first," he said.   Canada -- which can prosecute its citizens for child sex crimes committed abroad, but has rarely done so -- has not said if it plans to seek Neil's extradition.

"We are aware an arrest has been made and we will offer consular services as necessary," a spokesman for the Canadian embassy in Bangkok said.

Cambodia said it also wanted to question Neil and would charge him if police there could put a case together.

"We want to know did he really commit sexual abuses on Cambodia's children and women," Police Major General Keo Vannthan said. "If so it will lead us to locate the victims and we will file suit against him."

Vietnam might also want to question Neil.

Detectives in various countries had been trying to track Neil down since German police discovered photographs on the Internet three years ago of a man sexually abusing 12 boys in Vietnam and Cambodia.

His face had been scrambled with a digital swirling pattern, but German police computer experts managed to unravel the "Swirly Face" disguise and Interpol issued an unprecedented worldwide appeal through the Internet for information on who the man was.

More than 350 people came forward and Neil was identified by five sources from three different continents, Interpol said.

Neil abruptly left South Korea, where he was teaching, after Interpol broadcast his cleaned-up photograph and flew to Thailand, where he was photographed with shaved head and glasses by airport security cameras.

Thailand and its neighbors immediately alerted border posts in case he tried to sneak across a land frontier as Thai police launched a manhunt to rival their search a year ago for JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr.

Karr was arrested in a run-down Bangkok hostel and sent back to the United States, where he was eventually cleared of any involvement in Ramsey's murder, one of America's most infamous unsolved crimes.

? Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.


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Re: Thailand nabs hunted Canadian pedophile suspect
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2007, 11:19:23 PM »
Great News! I just wish they would leave him in prison there. Why bring him back to Canada so he can get his 5 year sentence in a Canadian Hilton Correctional Facility.

I hear Cambodia jails are real nice.


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Re: Thailand nabs hunted Canadian pedophile suspect
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2007, 04:59:27 AM »
 November 1, 2007

Thai cops seek another Canuck pedophile suspect

BANGKOK -- A Canadian once accused of child sex abuse in Cambodia is now wanted by Thai police after an eight-year-old boy told police he was sold to a group of foreign pedophiles for $15 - in the same town another accused Canadian pedophile was tracked to earlier this month.

Orville Frank Mader, 54, was named yesterday in a Thai arrest warrant in Pattaya, two hours southeast of the capital of Bangkok.

The Kitchener native is believed to have been in Asia since at least 2002.

Thai police released a document to local media they said was his passport, issued in Jakarta in 2006, and which expired in May 2007.

The hunt for Mader began after an eight-year-old boy was reported missing by his parents Oct. 28.

His mother was searching herself for the child yesterday when she spotted him walking with a 24-year-old man.

Police were called and arrested the man, who later told investigators he had abducted the boy after plying him with amphetamines.

He said he sold the boy to some foreigners for $15, giving the child $3 and keeping the rest for himself.

Cops tracked the suspect to the Ben Mansion hotel in Pattaya but all they could find was his picture on security cameras. It's the same hotel in Pattaya that Christopher Paul Neil checked in to after he fled Korea with Interpol hot on his heels.

The Maple Ridge, B.C. native was wanted for abusing Vietnamese and Cambodian children on Internet photos with his face obscured by a digital swirl.

While there's no evidence Mader and Neil know each other, their stories have striking similarities.

They both stayed at the same hotel in Pattaya and both taught English in Asia, Mader in Japan.

Mader, too, has been accused of sex crimes in Cambodia in the past. He was arrested there in 2004 but fought the charges and was found not guilty five months later, according to the website Global Child Protection Suspects Page.

In the wake of these two cases - and the arrest of a Briton on child porn charges - Thai authorities said they would conduct background checks on more than 1,000 foreign workers.



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Re: Thailand nabs hunted Canadian pedophile suspect
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2007, 10:56:16 AM »
Well one thing I learned over at the site, pedophile groups and there supporters are organized and communicate thru third party websites. I am sure they all know each other. It would not even suprise me if they invent there own code words with each other.


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Re: Thailand nabs hunted Canadian pedophile suspect
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011, 01:10:04 PM »
I found a documentary on Youtube about Christopher Neil aka Mr Swirl and how he was caught!

Christopher Neil the notorious pedophile

Documentary about the worldwide police hunt for the prolific paedophile known as Mr Swirl,
revealing how the authorities eventually identified the man as Canadian teacher
Christopher Neil and how they tracked him down in a small village in Thailand.
Featuring exclusive material, plus interviews with the friends and relatives of the criminal.

Part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4