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This man is suspected to be Christopher Neil, who used a swirl filter on his face in images depicting sex acts with children.  (Source: Interpol)

A photo of Neil taken by Thai immigration officials on October 11.  (Source: Interpol)

A photo of Neil submitted to Interpol (left) and one of the unscrambled photos of the suspect (right).  (Source: Interpol)
Interpol finds success in blasting the man’s face across the internet

As it turns out, Interpol’s pleas for help in searching for the “swirly-faced” child molester have met with success: Canadian national Christopher Neil – the man behind the Photoshop filter – was found and arrested in Thailand, on suspicion of sex crimes against young boys.
 
According to local police reports, Neil had been in Thailand for not more than a week, abruptly leaving his teaching position in South Korea immediately after his picture was broadcast worldwide. He was spotted by airport security cameras in Thailand, sporting a shaved head and glasses. To quote Reuters, the search for Neil was “a manhunt to rival [the] search for JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect Mark Karr.”
 
Thailand issued a warrant for Neil’s arrest, based on accusations that he paid for oral sex from two Thai teenagers, who were aged 9 and 14 at the time. A trace was executed on Neil’s boyfriend’s cell phone, and he was pinpointed to a remote province called Nakhon Ratchasima, about 150 miles northeast of Bangkok and “well off the normal tourist trail.” The two had been travelling around to different provinces and were “probably on the run,” said tourist police chief Chuchart Suwannakom.
 
Interpol was originally apprehensive about posting the unscrambled photographs online, partly because it would signal to other crooks that they were capable of descrambling the swirl pattern – and possibly other obfuscation techniques – and partly out of respect for the perpetrator’s family and privacy. However, it was decided that the need to find him outweighed these concerns, and so his image was posted online a little over a week ago. The response was nothing short of torrential: over 200 different responses were received within the first 12 hours of the posting.
 
It appears that this case is closed, as Interpol has mountains of photographic evidence against the suspect. If convicted, Neil faces up to 20 years in a Thai prison, notwithstanding additional punishment from his home country of Canada, which has laws against child sex crimes committed abroad, if it chooses to seek extradition.



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RE: Black bars.
By johnsonx on 10/20/2007 12:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
actually no, it isn't particularly important to me (what are you trying to say?). It's just one of those things that suddenly struck me as odd: people (including me) always say "oh, he's gay, he'll love prison". That seems strange if you actually think about it.


RE: Black bars.
By 16nm on 10/20/2007 1:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
I am sorry because you still are not understanding this. This is why I think you have some personal experience with rape because it is clouding your thoughts. If you do, I am sorry, but no one ever mentioned RAPE in this thread until you. This is not just any gay. This is a gay person who is also so addicted to sex that he is willing to molest a child. This gay sex addict will be going to a prison full of MEN. THAT's why it's important that he is gay. You can not rape the willing. Now, can you begin to understand how he won't be in such hell if he is sent there? Jeeesus, man. It is so ridiculously simple that I can not see why it escapes your understanding.


RE: Black bars.
By smitty3268 on 10/20/2007 5:12:47 PM , Rating: 1
You're making a couple of assumptions there - like that he would have sex in prison. Does that really happen to child molesters, because I would assume they just get the shit kicked out of them over and over again until someone finally manages to slit their throats.

Second, there are a lot of gay men who don't like to be on the receiving end, if you know what i mean.


RE: Black bars.
By Dactyl on 10/20/2007 9:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
Let me get this straight:

1 - child molesters are just guys with too much gay cooties?

2 - and they enjoy the treatment they get in prison?

Those two assertions are laughable on their face. They're flat-out wrong. You obviously understand nothing about gays, child molesters, or prisons, or you wouldn't say things that are so completely wrong.

I think you have unfulfilled homosexual desires. You fixate on gay rape because if, in your fantasies, another man rapes you, then you're not really "gay" because you're not responsible for it. That's why you have a problem telling the difference between gay sex and rape.

You know that if you were in prison, you would want the inmates to get in line to have their way with you--you see prison as a big man-meat buffet, because deep down inside, you know you're a total flaming homo.

Also: 16nm? Nobody cares how small your member is.


RE: Black bars.
By 16nm on 10/22/2007 11:31:55 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Let me get this straight:

1 - child molesters are just guys with too much gay cooties?

2 - and they enjoy the treatment they get in prison?


No, you did not get it straight.

1. Gays wouldn't enjoy Thai prison.
2. Sex addicts wouldn't either.
3. Gay sex addicts just might find bliss.

Does the numbered bullets make it easier for you??

This assumes that Thai prison officials even allow sex between inmates.


RE: Black bars.
By WelshBloke on 10/22/2007 5:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
Dude seriously, no one enjoys Thai prisons, they are brutal and dehumanizing and as such I ,for one, am happy this guy is going there.


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