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OMG this freak should be shot in the nuts & left to die...

Calgary man accused of pimping young boys in Thailand
By Linda NguyenDecember 16, 2008 5:11 PM
A Canadian man accused of being the "lead organizer" of a sex tourism business connecting foreign pedophiles to boys as young as four from his Thailand home had been the target of an international investigation for several months, a U.S. assistant district attorney said Tuesday.

John Wrenshall, 62, formerly of Calgary, was arrested Monday at London's Heathrow Airport during a stopover on his way home to Canada.

U.S. prosecutor Lee Vartan told Canwest News Service it is alleged customers were allowed to videotape and photograph the abuse.

Vartan said authorities believe the abuses have been occurring since at least May 2000, and that some of the victims had been living inside the Canadian's home near Bangkok for years.

"This is one of the most egregious cases I've seen during my time here and one of the most unfortunate," Vartan said. "It involves multiple victims, all young boys being abused each and every day . . . and it was happening for money."

Authorities believe they have arrested the "lead organizer of this sex tourism business," Vartan added.

Wrenshall was arrested on a warrant stemming from an indictment handed down last August by a grand jury in New Jersey. It was the culmination of a joint investigation by American, Thai and Canadian authorities that had been going on for several months, Vartan said Tuesday.

Wrenshall faces 18 counts related to pedophilia and pornography including one count of conspiracy to engage in sex tourism, two counts of aiding and abetting sex tourism, one count of conspiracy to produce child pornography, seven counts of production of child pornography and seven counts of distribution of child pornography.

It is alleged that Wrenshall arranged trips by U.S. sex tourists and others to his home in Thailand where they would pay to engage in sex with boys as young as four years old, sometimes for weeks at a time.

"We were keeping our eyes on him in Thailand and had put in a request with Thai authorities to extradite him," Vartan said from New Jersey. "We had been working on that for several months, monitoring his movements."

Wrenshall will be held in London pending an extradition to the United States to face the charges.

Vartan said this process can typically take "several months" as authorities anticipate he will object to the order.

Although more charges are not expected to be laid in the U.S., it is expected that investigators from a number of countries will be making attempts to identify alleged clients.

If that can be done, there may be more charges pending in numerous international courts.

Vartan said Thai authorities will also continue their investigation into identifying the victims involved in Wrenshall's case.

RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Sylvie Tremblay said Tuesday in Ottawa that they were involved in the international investigation into Wrenshall but could not elaborate to the extent of their role.

Vartan said that Wrenshall is believed to have been convicted of a similar incident in Canada before he moved to Thailand from Calgary.

"We think he has a prior (conviction). We think he was charged, convicted, and faced jail time before he left for Thailand," he said. "This happened in the latter part of the 1990s."

Records show that a John Charles Wrenshall was sentenced to a year in jail in 1997 for indecently assaulting eight young choir boys at a downtown Calgary church over more than three decades.

The former scout master and senior choir member, then 51, was able to lure the boys to his home under the pretence that he was running a study on preteen boys' sexuality. During his trial, John Charles Wrenshall admitted that he also had molested at least a dozen other boys aged nine to 12. He was never charged in the latter incidents.

He was also convicted in Canada of a similar offence in 1970, the records say.

Vartan said the accused is connected to three convicted pedophiles in the United States.

The link was discovered in August 2008 after authorities seized computer equipment in the case of Wayne Corliss, 59, of New Jersey.

Forensic investigators were able to located numerous chat logs and photos between Wrenshall and Corliss detailing the sex business that the Canadian allegedly ran out of his Thailand home.

Corliss pleaded guilty Oct. 28 in New Jersey to sex tourism and to producing child pornography. Corliss said he travelled to Thailand every year from 2000 to 2002 for the purpose of having sex with young boys. He said he would stay at Wrenshall's home, where boys were made available to him for a price.

"This individual (Corliss) engaged in among the most depraved conduct imaginable with helpless children," said U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie following Corliss's guilty plea. "Others involved in illicit sex tourism should take notice that, just like Mr. Corliss, law enforcement around the globe has the ability to locate you, prosecute you and send you to federal prison for a very long time."

The seized chat logs also implicated Wrenshall in the cases of Burgess Lee Burgess, 44, of Mobile, Ala., and Mitchell Kent Jackson, 31, of Pensacola, Fla.

Both men admitted that they had travelled to Thailand for two years to sexually abuse children. They said that they were part of an Internet chat group dedicated to men with a sexual interest for young boys. Both Wrenshall and Corliss were part of this group. It was through these chats that Wrenshall allegedly invited the three men to his home in Thailand.

Burgess and Jackson will be sentenced in April 2009 and could face a maximum term of 30 years in prison.

Wrenshall's alleged involvement in the ring is the second time in two years that a Canadian has been linked to sex crimes against minors in Thailand.

Christopher Paul Neil, a 33-year-old Maple Ridge, B.C., teacher, was arrested in October 2007 by Thai police after an international child pornography investigation unscrambled altered images of him engaging in sexual acts with Thai boys.

Neil, who had lived in South Korea before moving to Thailand to continue teaching, was convicted in June of kidnapping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy, and was sentenced to 39 months in prison. In November, he was convicted on more charges against a second youth, which extended his sentence by six years.

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Re: Calgary man accused of pimping young boys in Thailand has prior record.
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2008, 12:25:22 AM »
Let him serve his prison sentence in Thailand. I'm sure the other inmates there won't embarass the guy by video taping the abuse he'll get.